Gun ban for Hamilton?

News May 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 Should Hamilton ban guns within its own borders?

It’s a question Mayor Fred Eisenberger asked the city’s solicitor to consider towards the end of the May 20 general issues committee meeting.

“I wonder if we can’t prevent idiots from having guns in our city,” said Eisenberger. “Anything we can do to prevent people from having guns in our community I think that would be a positive step.”

The committee didn’t have to vote on the mayor’s suggestion. Instead, City solicitor Janice Atwood-Petkovski took the mayor’s suggestion as direction to write a report on the issue.

Eisenberger’s gun ban follows a series of shooting incidents in downtown Hamilton, including a brazen daylight shooting along Main Street East and East Avenue May 17.

No one was hurt, but bullets did damage vehicles and buildings within the area, which occurred at about 6 p.m. The Hamilton gangs and weapons unit are investigating. No arrests have been made.

There have been a number of other incidents involving guns within the downtown area, including a man who was found bleeding from a bullet wound in the same area last March; Brandon Clark, 29, son of former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark was hit from a shotgun blast April 12; and a triple shooting  last fall outside Sheila’s Place bar at King Street and East Avenue.

“It strikes me as very concerning,” said Eisenberger. “There are people out on the street pulling out a gun and firing at one another. Conceptually it’s bizarre. (You) can prevent idiots being idiots. I can’t imagine for the life of me anyone in our urban environment needs a gun, would carry a gun or brandish a gun other than for idiotic reasons. That kind of person we don’t want.”

Atwood-Petkovski said she will provide a report to councillors, but did not identify a timeline.

Since Eisenberger’s gun ban proposal, he has been pilloried by some people for infringing on citizens’ rights to carry a gun. Opponents say the city may as well try to ban vehicles, or crime. But Eisenberger has also received some support for his efforts to do something about the recent gun violence.

Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green appreciated the mayor’s proposal to do something about the violence occurring within his ward. He said Ward 3 residents are organizing an anti-violence rally that will begin sometime soon.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

This isn’t the first time a municipal politician has called for a ban on guns. Last fall, Olivia Chow running to become Toronto’s mayor called for a federal ban on hand guns.

During Toronto mayor David Miller’s tenure, he helped to pass a bylaw in 2008 that restricts the manufacture of guns in the city and bans firing ranges and gun clubs that are not operated by the government.

In the U.S. some municipalities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. have had gun bans for years.

 

 

Gun ban for Hamilton?

News May 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 Should Hamilton ban guns within its own borders?

It’s a question Mayor Fred Eisenberger asked the city’s solicitor to consider towards the end of the May 20 general issues committee meeting.

“I wonder if we can’t prevent idiots from having guns in our city,” said Eisenberger. “Anything we can do to prevent people from having guns in our community I think that would be a positive step.”

The committee didn’t have to vote on the mayor’s suggestion. Instead, City solicitor Janice Atwood-Petkovski took the mayor’s suggestion as direction to write a report on the issue.

Eisenberger’s gun ban follows a series of shooting incidents in downtown Hamilton, including a brazen daylight shooting along Main Street East and East Avenue May 17.

No one was hurt, but bullets did damage vehicles and buildings within the area, which occurred at about 6 p.m. The Hamilton gangs and weapons unit are investigating. No arrests have been made.

There have been a number of other incidents involving guns within the downtown area, including a man who was found bleeding from a bullet wound in the same area last March; Brandon Clark, 29, son of former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark was hit from a shotgun blast April 12; and a triple shooting  last fall outside Sheila’s Place bar at King Street and East Avenue.

“It strikes me as very concerning,” said Eisenberger. “There are people out on the street pulling out a gun and firing at one another. Conceptually it’s bizarre. (You) can prevent idiots being idiots. I can’t imagine for the life of me anyone in our urban environment needs a gun, would carry a gun or brandish a gun other than for idiotic reasons. That kind of person we don’t want.”

Atwood-Petkovski said she will provide a report to councillors, but did not identify a timeline.

Since Eisenberger’s gun ban proposal, he has been pilloried by some people for infringing on citizens’ rights to carry a gun. Opponents say the city may as well try to ban vehicles, or crime. But Eisenberger has also received some support for his efforts to do something about the recent gun violence.

Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green appreciated the mayor’s proposal to do something about the violence occurring within his ward. He said Ward 3 residents are organizing an anti-violence rally that will begin sometime soon.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

This isn’t the first time a municipal politician has called for a ban on guns. Last fall, Olivia Chow running to become Toronto’s mayor called for a federal ban on hand guns.

During Toronto mayor David Miller’s tenure, he helped to pass a bylaw in 2008 that restricts the manufacture of guns in the city and bans firing ranges and gun clubs that are not operated by the government.

In the U.S. some municipalities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. have had gun bans for years.

 

 

Gun ban for Hamilton?

News May 24, 2015 by Kevin Werner Hamilton Mountain News

 Should Hamilton ban guns within its own borders?

It’s a question Mayor Fred Eisenberger asked the city’s solicitor to consider towards the end of the May 20 general issues committee meeting.

“I wonder if we can’t prevent idiots from having guns in our city,” said Eisenberger. “Anything we can do to prevent people from having guns in our community I think that would be a positive step.”

The committee didn’t have to vote on the mayor’s suggestion. Instead, City solicitor Janice Atwood-Petkovski took the mayor’s suggestion as direction to write a report on the issue.

Eisenberger’s gun ban follows a series of shooting incidents in downtown Hamilton, including a brazen daylight shooting along Main Street East and East Avenue May 17.

No one was hurt, but bullets did damage vehicles and buildings within the area, which occurred at about 6 p.m. The Hamilton gangs and weapons unit are investigating. No arrests have been made.

There have been a number of other incidents involving guns within the downtown area, including a man who was found bleeding from a bullet wound in the same area last March; Brandon Clark, 29, son of former Stoney Creek councillor Brad Clark was hit from a shotgun blast April 12; and a triple shooting  last fall outside Sheila’s Place bar at King Street and East Avenue.

“It strikes me as very concerning,” said Eisenberger. “There are people out on the street pulling out a gun and firing at one another. Conceptually it’s bizarre. (You) can prevent idiots being idiots. I can’t imagine for the life of me anyone in our urban environment needs a gun, would carry a gun or brandish a gun other than for idiotic reasons. That kind of person we don’t want.”

Atwood-Petkovski said she will provide a report to councillors, but did not identify a timeline.

Since Eisenberger’s gun ban proposal, he has been pilloried by some people for infringing on citizens’ rights to carry a gun. Opponents say the city may as well try to ban vehicles, or crime. But Eisenberger has also received some support for his efforts to do something about the recent gun violence.

Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green appreciated the mayor’s proposal to do something about the violence occurring within his ward. He said Ward 3 residents are organizing an anti-violence rally that will begin sometime soon.

“Enough is enough,” he said.

This isn’t the first time a municipal politician has called for a ban on guns. Last fall, Olivia Chow running to become Toronto’s mayor called for a federal ban on hand guns.

During Toronto mayor David Miller’s tenure, he helped to pass a bylaw in 2008 that restricts the manufacture of guns in the city and bans firing ranges and gun clubs that are not operated by the government.

In the U.S. some municipalities such as Chicago and Washington D.C. have had gun bans for years.