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Scarborough resident Ali Demircan, who was one of the last people to see 18-year-old shooting victim Reese Fallon alive that fateful evening, was at Parliament Hill as the bill was tabled Tuesday.
“(On May 30), our government show(ed) us as Canada we have rule of law. The rule of law ensures citizens are governed equally and fairly by the law and not by anyone or anything else,” said Demircan, who was grazed by a bullet during the shooting and remains deeply affected the trauma he experienced.
“Our government (was) brave enough to show (the) strength of Canadians against gun lobbies."
Speaking to CP24 Tuesday afternoon, Ken Price, whose now-21 daughter Samantha was shot in the hip during the tragedy, said the Liberals’ proposed gun control legislation is both a “long-time coming” and representative of an “evolution in terms of people’s attitudes towards guns.”
“Most Canadians want more gun control measures taken,” he said, adding they also want more community resources devoted to addressing the root causes of gun violence as well as more action taken to control guns at the border.
He said Bill C-21 makes gun control groups like his feel heard, adding what’s at stake is the “private ownership of a very dangerous product,” one that when iy goes “awry becomes devastating to families.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory has also expressed his support for this new legislation, which contains some of the strongest gun control measures introduced in Canada in more than 40 years.
“I have long advocated for tougher gun laws, increased penalties for those engaging in gun violence, and investments in young people to help address the roots of gun violence,” he said.
The federal government is also taking steps to require long-gun magazines to be permanently altered so they can never hold more than five rounds and ban the sale and transfer of large capacity magazines.
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