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    Montreal Resident Opens Fire: Who’s Responsible?

    Why do people commit heinous acts of violence? Is there some rationale for taking innocent lives? Why does it seem that certain people feel the need make themselves known through acts of destruction?

    Kimveer Gill decided to relive the Columbine Massacre. People may point fingers at the Canadian gun laws and the Canadian police force for not enforcing these laws. Pointing fingers, however, will not bring Anastasia De Sousa back to life. Pointing fingers will surely not alter the critical state of 22-year-old Leslie Markofsky or another bystander.

    Gill referred to himself as the ‘Angel of Death.’ On his own website, Gill displayed pictures of himself holding various weapons. While our society and the Canadian society does allow for such freedoms of expression, it seems that this massacre at Dawson College was a side effect of having institutions in place for freedom of expression. People today go about doing whatever they want thinking that they are entitled to think and do as they please.

    Rather than nitpicking at the gun laws, Canadian police should be focusing on individuals who violate certain ‘ethical and moral standards’ of society. Knowing that there are individuals out there who embrace violence, police should work to shutdown people who display such destructive information online, and people who propagandize this type of lawless behavior.

    Canadian police describe the situation as not being related to terrorism or racism in any way. With nineteen people injured and one person dead, this is certainly an act of terrorism. The Massacre of Dawson College was an act of hate against every human being on our planet.

    Today, we constantly hear about wars in the news, governments fighting over small strips of land. If we don’t do something to crack down on individuals who exceed the boundaries of living in a civilized society, we will continue to accept such acts of terrorism by individuals like Kimveer Gill as normal.

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