Reduction of Gun Violence in Toronto Argumentative Essay by Quality Writers

Reduction of Gun Violence in Toronto
This paper discusses social action versus stricter gun laws towards the reduction of gun violence in Toronto.
# 102756 | 2,345 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that gun violence in Toronto seems to have grown as a matter of public concern in recent years in response to a number of highly publicized incidents of gun violence. One of the most commonly proposed solutions to this problem is stricter gun laws. However, the writer points out that many have argued that stricter gun laws in isolation could not remedy this problem. This essay examines this issue with reference to the source of the weapons, systemic racism and class and social factors that contribute to Toronto's gun problem. The thesis is argued that stricter gun control laws/policies will not reduce gun violence in Toronto unless the above three factors are also addressed. Beginning with a description of the nature of the problem itself, this paper shows how there needs to be a multi-pronged effort at federal, provincial and municipal levels to address the underlying root causes that fuel gun violence in Toronto.

Gun Violence in Toronto - The Myth and the Reality
The Sources of Guns in Toronto
Gun Violence and Systemic Racism in Toronto
Social and Class Support

From the Paper:

"In dealing with the question of gun violence in Toronto it is first necessary to define the parameters of the problem. To do this we must attempt to distinguish between the myths and the reality of gun violence in Toronto.
"The current concern with gun violence in Toronto stems from 2005 when 58 people were slain by firearms in Toronto, out of a total of 84 murders in the city that year. The concern with the violent use of firearms stems not only from the perception - as these numbers would suggest - that guns are increasingly used in acts of violence in Toronto, but that the profile of gun violence has also changed. The media designated the summer of 2005 as Toronto's "Summer of the Gun" and the year concluded with a Boxing Day gun fight between rival gangs near the crowded Yonge and Dundas intersection that killed 19 year old female bystander, and injured six others."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Appleby, Timothy and Gandhi, Unnati. "Toronto Proves Adept at Curbing Gun Violence." Globe and Mail, November 4, 2006.
  • Conflict and Marxist Theories. In Steven Vago and Adie Nelson, Law and Society Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2004.
  • Critical Race Theory. In Steven Vago and Adie Nelson, Law and Society Canadian Edition. Toronto: Pearson, 2004.
  • Cukier, Wendy. Toward a Fact-Based Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence in Toronto. Toronto: Coalition for Gun Control, 2004.
  • Feagin, Joe; and Sikes, Melvin. "Changing the Color Line: The Future of U.S. Racism." In Racism. Ed. Martin Bulmer and John Solomos. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999, 407-411.

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