RESOLVING GUN VIOLENCE IN THE CITY

1. At a meeting held on July 16, 2018, City Council received a report (through the Toronto Board of Health Committee-HL28.6) from the Medical Officer of Health entitled:

I am very supportive of the proposed approach, and particularly would support formation of a special Committee for this issue under the TBH that included representatives from the Toronto Police, and especially, a sufficient number of representative members of the public. The response needs to be a “Community” response, not just a City or Police response.  In addition, sufficient funds should be provided in the City Budget to support recommendations for action that would be forthcoming from this special Committee.

2. Successful programs are in effect in numerous large cities that take the approach that treating violent crime like a disease can stop it from spreading.

Examples of programs similar to “Cure Violence” exist in Glasgow (Scotland), Chicago, New York, Baltimore, and Los Angeles.

For more information, you may wish to read the following article published by Mosaic Science:

Excerpts:

“Behaviour is formed by modelling and copying. When you’re in a health lens, you don’t blame. You try to understand, and you aim for solutions.”

“The factors that contribute to violent responses – whether they are factors of attitude and behaviour or related to larger social, economic, political and cultural conditions – can be changed.”

“Despite the fact that violence has always been present, the world does not have to accept it as an inevitable part of the human condition,” says the WHO guidance on violence prevention.”