TORONTO - I was wrong about Josh Colle.
He’s not as mushy as I thought.
Shooting from the hip Wednesday night, he told the leftist anti-gun hysterics on council that while the city does have a huge problem with guns, it won’t be solved if the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show is at the Metro Convention Centre on Front St. or at the CNE, a few kilometres away.
Colle went one better. He told the left-wing kooks that residents of his ward, where there have been seven shootings so far this year, see the “fake” ban-guns-on-city-property debate as one “that makes downtown white people feel better that they’ve done something.”
Oh my gosh Josh, you sure did shoot their sanctimony full of holes.
So much so, that Gord “Guard His Perks” resorted to the cheapest of shots — telling Colle to f-off (for which he promptly apologized).
No wonder. Colle couldn’t have expressed it better.
Mayor David Miller’s infamous handgun bun from June of 2008 — which contained a package of ridiculous PR measures aimed at banning the use and promotion of LEGAL handguns in city facilities — has accomplished absolutely nothing except to unfairly target law-abiding sport shooters, Olympic hopefuls and legitimate handgun owners.
I still remember visiting the CNRA Gun Club, unobtrusively tucked in the rafters of Union Station for 81 years back in June of 2008. It was home to 130 old duffers and the training facility for then Olympic hopeful Avianna Chao, until Miller made the shooting range his target and forced the club to shut shop for no good reason.
I would bet a day’s pay Miller’s legal gun ban has done nothing to stem the flow of illegal handguns onto the streets of Toronto or lessened the gang violence in this city.
One unfortunate by-product of this socialist charade — which Miller’s sidekick Joe Pantalone didn’t realize until too late — was that the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show was forced to relocate for three years to the Metro Convention Centre from Exhibition Place, after being located there for 62 years.
Councillor Mark Grimes, who led the charge on the Wednesday night motion to return the show to its original home, said that cost Exhibition Place $1.1-billion in gross annual revenue.
The 19-11 vote in favour will see the show back at Exhibition Place next February, he added.
That notwithstanding, Grimes said Wednesday night’s debate contained a lot of “fearmongering” and misinformation from the left, most especially Councillor Kristyn Wrong-Turn (er Wong-Tam) who showed pictures of AK-47s (banned in Canada) and kept saying people are allowed to fire guns at the Sportsmen’s Show (which is untrue.)
Yep, those leftists weren’t going to give up without shooting their mouths off — no matter how silly and pathetic their arguments sounded.
In addition to dropping the F-Bomb, Gord “Guard His Perks” contended that losing the revenue from the Sportsmen’s Show was but a small price to pay to show council has “clean hands” on this issue and is taking a “principled stand.”
His partner-in-crime Sister Janet Davis — in a desparate attempt to put a figurative gun to councillors’ heads — claimed that there will be displays at the CNE encouraging young men and women to come and “shop for a gun.”
She also implied, in what was truly an erratic diatribe, that people who do buy these guns could be “wonderful” spouses on the day they married but can “turn into vicious murderers” — emphasizing that women are being shot by their spouses not the other way around.
“We have too many violence from guns .. What we really need is peace, not violence killing people,” shrieked Raymond Cho, his contribution to the gun ban proving yet again that the man needs to be retired and put out of his misery.
I asked deputy mayor Doug Holyday why stop there — why not lift the gun ban in its entirety.
“It wouldn’t be a bad thing for the Ford administration to look at,” he said. “This is tokenism at its worst...it should be undone.”