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Arresting the bad guys: what a novel idea

by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor,
Friday, May 19, 2006

Yesterday about 600 police officers from Toronto and surrounding jurisdictions, the RCMP and the OPP conducted massive raids in the northwest section of the city. After the dust settled, 78 people had been arrested and over 90 search warrants had been executed and the total number of arrests is expected to top 100. Police also seized 15 kilos of cocaine, thousands of dollars in cash and several weapons including handguns, automatic weapons and an AK-47 assault rifle.

The purpose of the early morning raids was to break up the Jamestown Crew, a gang that was responsible for much of last summer’s carnage that labelled 2005 in Mayor David Miller’s Toronto as "the year of the gun"

After the completion of the raids, Miller was quoted as saying that the arrests "send a very powerful signal to criminals with guns that they are going to be arrested, they’re going to be put in jail." Gee--some of us (no doubt including many of the currently incarcerated gang bangers) thought that was the way things are supposed to work; that those who break the country’s gun laws were supposed to be arrested and sent to jail. Miller sounds like locking up criminals is some sort of new sociological theory. And perhaps to him it is.

While Miller has always paid lip service to police and jails and stuff, it has never been one of his priorities for dealing with violent crime. The left wing mayor is a proponent of the hug-a-thug approach to supposedly fighting crime. When the mayor is not hugging thugs he’s hugging his pet police chief Bill Blair or the Toronto Argos’ Mike "Pinball" Clemons. Miller believes, with all the white middle class guilt that he can muster, that violent criminals are simply innocent victims of a capitalist and racist society. All they need to give up the lucrative drug trade is to have the city mothers build more basketball courts and find other jobs for them and everything will be okay. The gang members, many of them young black men, are considered by the elites to be either too stupid or too victimized or both to be held accountable for their own actions and lifestyles. Despite Miller’s "give them a job strategy" we don’t however see a lot of gun-toting gangsters ending up working at Toronto City Hall or hanging out in the halls of Miller’s union buddies. For some reason, providing employment for violent criminals is one thing that the socialist mayor thinks can be handled best by the private sector. Go figure.

When the number of gun incidents rose dramatically last summer, Miller jumped on the "Blame the Americans" bandwagon and went so far as to lecture our American neighbours about changing their culture. And when he wasn’t blaming the Americans, he was blaming Canadians who legally own guns. Now, surprise surprise, it seems many of the guns that have found their way to the streets of Toronto were actually brought into the country by the very "at risk youth" who are now languishing in Toronto jails as a result of yesterday’s massive raids. And here we were led to believe that guns were appearing on the streets of Toronto because George W. Bush signed an executive order or something. Again, go figure.

Smashing criminal enterprises like the Jamestown Crew is the only way that we can take back the streets and make them safe for the innocent people who do not have the opportunity to live in the trendy areas of downtown Toronto that David Miller and his fellow travellers care so much about.

The Thursday morning raids began at 5:30 a.m.; just a few hours after David Miller formally launched his re-election campaign for mayor. Coincidence? Something to think about.

Arthur Weinreb Arthur Weinreb is an author, columnist and Associate Editor of Toronto Free Press. His work has appeared on, Men's News Daily, Drudge Report,, Glenn Beck and The Rant.
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