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Violence and politics

At a recent campaign stop outside of Toronto, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised tough action on gun control if re-elected Oct. 21.

The announcement was made in an apt location, as recent gun violence has erupted in the area. An “ambush-style” shooting Sept. 14 claimed the life of a 17-year-old and injured five others in Mississauga, another shooting death occurred Sept. 16 on a major highway in Brampton, and a Sept. 17 incident in Toronto left two injured, one in life-threatening condition.

Perhaps Trudeau should make a stop in Airdrie, as well. After two shocking shootings occurring just nine days apart, gun violence is likely on a lot of residents' minds.

Trudeau claimed the Conservative Party was “in the pocket of the gun lobby,” but failed to outline his party’s proposed “tough action” on gun control. The Conservatives fired back in a statement Sept. 16, saying the party would defend responsible, law-abiding firearm owners.

Conservative leader Andrew Sheer told reporters Canada needs better laws to deal with gang activity, along with greater co-operation between police agencies – also failing to share what gun control under a Conservative government would look like.

With the recent gun violence Airdrie and the surrounding area has experienced, and with the federal election looming, now might be a good time for local voters to start asking for specifics from these leaders.


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