A Community Approach to Anti-gun Violence
The recent tragic gun violence in our city has raised many questions; why is this happening; what are those responsible for enforcement doing; what are community organizations doing; where are the guns coming from and how do we stop access; how are we dealing with mental health concerns; what do effective interventions look like, etc.
One very critical gap in these discussions that has not been addressed is how are we creating spaces for all Torontonians to have their voices heard and share their ideas for a stronger and safer Toronto. The people most impacted by the issue have been largely absent in being called on to help develop the solutions. In a city that prides itself on being democratic, valuing diversity and being a place people can thrive and call home, we need to do a better job of making sure everyone has a chance to share how they have experienced this violence and the ongoing effects this will have in our communities, neighbourhoods and city as a whole.
The time has come for Torontonians to come together and claim our voice in addressing this devastating situation and preventing it from escalating further. This Campaign aims to do just that- create a platform for all Torontonians from all walks of life to participate in the civic life of our city and help craft meaningful responses to the violence we continue to see.
We believe Torontonians are resilient, dynamic, talented people – we want to challenge ourselves to highlight the best of our city with our collective message of anti-gun violence.