Gunnar Alfredsson, American Renaissance, March 22, 2022
Despite lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, and physical distancing, violent crime and the illicit firearms trade have not declined in Toronto during the pandemic. Toronto’s newspapers report gunfights, mayhem, brazen daylight shootings, and bank robberies. Although the high profile “peaceful protests” of 2020 have all but disappeared, low-intensity asymmetrical warfare continues.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau preached dialogue and understanding on his recent European photo-op tour in support of Ukraine — shortly after invoking martial law to crush peaceful trucker protests at home — but his immigration and gun control policies continue to bring violence to Canada’s biggest city.
VDARE’s James Kirkpatrick has noted that American cities with large black populations have essentially fallen off the map of Western Civilization. Canada is not a failed state, but large swaths of its large cities are reminiscent of those Third World hellscapes.
Toronto is a powerful financial and provincial political hub, but it suffers from many social problems; foremost in the minds of many is crime. Toronto media report many instances of black criminality and violence, and even the leftist CBC news admits that blacks and Amerindians – whom it calls “over-policed” – are disproportionately incarcerated
Toronto police used to run street checks on suspected perpetrators; it was known as “carding.” Carding and the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) reduced violence. The TAVIS system saw a dramatic reduction in violence from its advent in 2005 through 2014; the number of people wounded and killed by gunfire in Toronto dropped by 55 percent, from 231 to 103.
At that time, Ontario’s liberal provincial premier, Kathleen Wynne, abandoned the program because of allegations of racism – a clear indication of which ethnic group was being “carded.” Violence increased, culminating in 2021’s 408 shootings that saw 163 injured and 46 killed – a more than 100 percent increase in shooting victims since the last year of TAVIS in 2014.
This year is off to a record-breaking start. As of January 23, 2022, the number of people killed by gunfire is up 300 percent compared to the previous January (eight victims as opposed to 2). Those killed or injured are up 111 percent, the number injured but not killed is up 57 percent, and the number of shootings is up 14 percent.
The University of Toronto’s homicide tracker “was developed visually to depict the devastating, disproportionate prevalence of homicide in predominantly African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) neighbourhoods throughout Toronto.” Its website found that “75 per cent of Canadian homicide victims are racialized Ontarians, and 44 per cent identified as African, Caribbean or Black.”
In a recent blog for American Renaissance, Chris Roberts lists the names and photographs of the most-wanted murderers from Toronto’s Homicide Most Wanted page. Of the 35 suspects, only two are white, even though approximately half of the city’s population is white. As Mr. Roberts points out, “it’s another reminder that racial behavioral patterns are universal.” Blacks are more likely to commit violent crimes than whites. This is true in all of North America’s largest cities with significant black populations.
Here is a small sampling of Toronto crime stories just from the month of April last year. In Ajax, a town in the greater Toronto area (GTA) there was a brazen daylight shooting in which a “man and a woman sustained life-threatening injuries;” three Toronto men were arrested in connection with a fatal shooting; two black men were arrested for a series of bank robberies in the Toronto area; police arrested four men and a woman in connection with break-ins throughout Southern Ontario and parts of the GTA; an aspiring rapper was “accused of unloading a war zone’s worth of bullets” in a GTA neighborhood; one man was killed and three others wounded following a daylight shooting.
In June 2021, a toddler’s birthday party was shattered by gunfire: a five-year-old was shot in the head, an 11-year-old wounded in the leg, and a baby was grazed by a bullet. A 24-year-old man was also shot and later charged with participating in the gunfight.
Gang violence in Toronto and the demand for illegal firearms has resulted in a black-market gun trade. Guns bought by criminals in the United States are smuggled across the border and sold at high prices to criminals on the streets of Toronto.
This makes a mockery of the Trudeau’s government’s policy of punishing legal gun owners and coddling criminals instead of solving the real problems of immigration, gun smuggling, and criminal violence.
It has become increasingly apparent that instead of protecting innocent citizens, the Trudeau government is presiding over anarcho-tyranny. As the late Sam Francis wrote, “The result of anarcho-tyranny is that government swells in power, criminals are not controlled, and law-abiding citizens wind up being repressed by the state and attacked by thugs.”
In Canada, as in the United States and many countries in the West, immigration is replacing whites. One result is out-of-control crime. As Peter Brimelow writes:
It is immigration policy that has imported foreign ethnic conflicts, created impenetrable ethnic enclaves and mafias, diluted vetting procedures to the point where mass murderers can learn their skills here on student visas, overwhelmed the law enforcement agencies and – we will almost certainly learn – reduced the citizenship oath to a sick joke.
It is crucial that law-abiding citizens of the embattled West replace our corrupt elected officials before they replace us and reduce our once-peaceful homelands to anarchic third-world slums.