Two terrible episodes of young people being fatally shot have occurred recently in Canada. A couple of days ago a 12 year old boy In Dorval, Quebec killed his 16 year old brother with what has been called a “family handgun” by police. The child has been charged in youth court with manslaughter and possession of a prohibited weapon; under the youth protection laws no names can be released.
“It was so shocking to think there was a gun in that house,” said Andrew Carruthers, who lives across the street from the family. “The boys never talked about having a gun.”
Meanwhile nine year old Kesean Williams of Brampton, Ontario was killed by a gunshot on Wednesday as he watched TV in his family living room.
Based on the physical evidence we have, we are satisfied that the residence was targeted,” said Supt. George Koekkoek, who heads the Peel police homicide squad.
Neither of these tragedies would have happened had guns not been, evidently, readily available. Regardless of whether the Dorval gun was registered or not; or whether Kesean Williams was the intended target or if the shot was intended for a former resident of his house, without the presence of guns both these children would still be alive today.
With the gun control debate raging in the US, now might be a good time for Canadians to take a look at our laws before more horrific shootings occur.