Toronto Violence Mystifies Residents

In the wake of another mass shooting, the media puzzles over Toronto violence.

What could be the reason for Toronto violence?

Obviously, this a a pressing concern. The government exists largely to protect peaceful citizens from violence. So the government would never be reluctant to discover and call attention to causal factors that have contributed to such violence.


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I guess we will never know why such gun violence has come to Toronto.

The Guardian reports, “Rattled by string of violent attacks, Toronto wonders if city is unraveling.

Detectives in Canada are still seeking a motive for a mass shooting which left three dead – including the gunman – and injured more than a dozen others, as residents of Toronto grapple with the latest in a string of violent incidents to hit Canada’s biggest city in recent months.

Federal officials said on Tuesday that there was no terror link to Sunday’s attack in which the lone gunman opened fire along a bustling avenue in the city, seemingly shooting at random at pedestrians and into shops and restaurants.

“At this time, there is no national security nexus to the investigation,” said a spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Safety.

The attack killed two people, a recent high school graduate Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis. The 13 injured include six women and girls, as well as seven men.

Authorities have not yet publicly speculated on the motive of the gunman, Faisal Hussain, or explained how he obtained the handgun used in the attack.

In a statement, his family cited his lifelong struggle with depression and psychosis, noting that professional help, medication and therapy had failed to help him.

“While we did our best to seek help for him throughout his life of struggle and pain, we could never imagine that this would be his devastating and destructive end,” they said.

Friends described Hussain as quiet and polite. […]

The gunman was found dead on Sunday night after he exchanged gunfire with police and fled, though it remains unclear whether he killed himself or was killed by police.

As investigators dug through Hussain’s life, the attack has prompted debate over whether Toronto – which has consistently ranked as one of the most secure major cities in North America – was becoming less safe.

Of course, there’s another possibility:

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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