The Uzi submachine gun can spew hundreds of rounds per minute. The Glock handgun, capable of firing up to 33 bullets from a single magazine. The tiny Beretta pistol with silencer delivers noiseless death.
These lethal weapons and others were recently and illegally in the hands of criminals. Wednesday, the seized weapons were neatly and safely displayed as part of a police services board presentation on illegal firearms and weapons in our neighbourhoods.
The cache represents some of the 68 hand guns seized in 2007, the 41 last year and the 56 to date this year.
As for illegal long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, police took 188 of them off York streets last year.
This year, the tally is 196.
There's nothing like a little sensationalism when talking about guns I always say. I like that "noiseless death." But the point is well taken, guns are being removed from the streets.
The Canadians feel it's popular culture that glamorizes guns, entertainers, rappers and the like. This combined with the lucrative business of gun running, makes for a serious problem.
A legal standard 9mm pistol sells for approximately $500.
On the street, the same unlicensed weapon fetches up to eight times the price.
Do you think they're exaggerating? If those numbers are true, it's no wonder there's a thriving gun smuggling underworld. And where do you suppose those guns are smuggled from?
Of the 3.65 million firearms produced in the United States in 2008, hundreds are smuggled into Canada each year.
Of the 253,000 handguns and more than two million rifles and shotguns legally registered in Ontario, 16,000 of the former and 70,000 of the latter are in York Region.
Instead of "hundreds," wouldn't you think it's more like thousands or tens of thousands. Why not just call it 90% and get it over with?
Here's a shocker:
Firearms kill more within the 15 to 24 demographic than cancer, drowning and falls combined.
What's your opinion? I can see that cancer might not kill too many in that age bracket, but I always thought falls and drownings did. Does this sound like a credible statistic to you?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.