Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Christie Blatchford is right : Eaton Centre shooting " it is less a sign of the impending apocalypse than all the nonsense being written and spoken about it"

She's a bit harsh on the media -- they have to write something. That said, while the Eaton Centre shooting is awful it really doesn't reflect much about Toronto as a whole. If it happened every weekend it would be important -- but it's not:


Most Canadians will have heard of the lethal shooting at Toronto's downtown Eaton Centre last Saturday evening, but the cruelties since inflicted upon the hapless citizenry may have escaped anyone outside the GTA.

As if the shooting spree in a crowded food court — it left one young man dead and one critically injured, a 13-year-old boy shot in the head and in serious condition in hospital, and several others less grievously hurt — wasn't terrible enough, Torontonians have been subjected to an unbelievable barrage of bad writing, oft-moronic commentary and a tsunami of hyperbole.


The Rat said...

Isn't it ironic that Bob Rae, "interim" Liberal leader says that we shouldn't use incidents like this for political advantage when it was Paul Martin who promised to ban all handguns in the wake of the Creba shooting and it was Alan Rock who used the polytechnique shootings to ram C68 down our throats.

No, now that we have an example that clearly demonstrates the uselessness of house arrest and how it is NOT used for non-violent offenders only, we shouldn't discuss it.

If only there were more midnight basketball programs and ebonics classes this would never have happened...

James C Morton said...

Hey, I like midnight basketball!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it was Paul Martin who politicized the Creba murder.

Funny that in 6 years, Harper and his merry bunch of ministers failed to stop this recent shooting from happening.

From Global BC (that bastion of Liberal support):

Back on Jan. 2, 2006, Harper used the Boxing Day shooting of 15-year-old Yonge Street bystander Jane Creba to press home his Conservative party's agenda.

"A Conservative government will crack down on crime," Harper said during a campaign stop in Toronto. "We will act quickly, we will act comprehensively and we will act decisively to fix our criminal justice system."

The Rat said...

Yeah, funny how Harper is "ineffective". I remember he said the courts would keep him in check and boy have they ever!

James: Nothing wrong with midnight basketball, I just think it's naive to think that projects like that will really change the social pressures and family neglect that underlie gang membership.

Anonymous said...

The courts would keep him in check?!?!?!?! He's appointed over 400 judges since 2006.

At what point do even the partisan Cons realize that the crap they have been sold by the CPC and Reform before that was simply a big batch of snake oil?

Harper and the CPC are tough on crime and solid economic managers. Ha, ha, ha, ha . . . and if you believe that . . . .

The Rat said...

Hey James, the shooter was the guy who supervised the midnight basketball system! What does that say about these programs when the gang bangers are the one's the city hires to supervise vulnerable children after school?