I want to word this as eloquently as I can. Today a heartless act of violence occurred in my community and near my home after a monster plowed through innocent bystanders through every inch of Yonge Street between two very busy intersections. I am in shock and horrified that 10 innocent people have lost their lives today and a reported 15 others have been injured. In an area where the nightlife never ends, that my friends and I frequent, and people feel safe to walk about freely, this will have a lasting effect on the community. I can’t imagine what the victims families are going through. It’s hard not to be desensitized to these types of events anymore, but we can’t normalize such tragedies as something that “just happens now” in 2018.

Hey all! I’m kinda at a loss for words right now. In toronto today, a van drove up onto a sidewalk near Yonge and Finch and drove straight through the crowd, as of right now, there are 10 dead and 15 more injured. This was literally 5 minutes from my school and less than an hour after lunch ended. I was on that street 40 minutes before this happened. It’s just unimaginable. If I wasn’t in class I would’ve been there. I and my loved ones are safe, but my heart goes out to anyone who was affected today. Please keep us in your thoughts.

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If you think responding to what happened in Toronto today with “I guess we need to ban vans now!” or “I thought guns were the problem??” or any other response similar to those, you are a horrible person. There is nothing funny about what happened. There is nothing to joke about. Being crass, callous, and purposefully obtuse shows how disgusting you are. One person purposefully driving into a crowd and killing 9 people and injuring 16 others does NOT equal rampant gun violence (that kills thousands of people a year in the US alone), on any level. 

I am horrified at the genuine apathy I’ve seen today towards people I share a city with. People DIED today. 

To those who responded with similar sentiments to the ones I mentioned above: you can’t justify your shitty reaction, so stop trying. Do better or become a hermit. 

After today’s events in Toronto....

When do we start calling vans what they really are, “high speed tactical assault vehicles”?

When do we start pointing out that no background checks are required to purchase motor vehicles?

When do we start pointing out that there are no laws preventing domestic abusers from owning motor vehicles?

When do we start pointing out that no training or license is required to own and operate a motor vehicle?

When do we start complaining about the car show loophole?

When do we start proposing laws to ban all cars capable of going more than 10mph?

When do we start holding every single car owner personally responsible for this tragedy?

Just in case this can offer some perspective to those of us who struggle to remember what life was like before the ‘war on terror’: it’s becoming more and more likely that the man who drove his van into a crowd in Toronto had no political motivations, and was experiencing mental health issues. The news that he actually wanted to die and tried to get a cop to shoot him actually hit me hard, because the exact same thing happened in my country, in my city, about fifteen years ago, long before ISIS and whatever else. In fact, I don’t think the event was even mentioned by international medias, because that man, like this guy in Toronto, had no particular message for the world. He wanted to kill himself, and for reasons I’ll never understand, this is how he chose to do it - he sped up as he was crossing a bridge, drove his car into the sidewalk, and dragged three people down with him when the railing broke. They all died. Everyone was completely shocked, and at the very beginning there was a sort of frenzy, a ‘we’ll do anything in our power to make sure this will NEVER happen again’ thing. Like, people were angry that the railing had collapsed ‘so easily’, but the truth is, you launch a car at 120 km/h against anything, you’ll probably break it down. And next someone looked into expanding pedestrian areas - an idea I am absolutely in favour of, 100%, but the truth is, it wouldn’t have worked in that particular place. You can’t have a functional citiy that’s completely closed to traffic, after all. And the last thing was a series of learned interviews with important scientists about car technology, and whether it’d be possible for a car to just shut down in case of dangerous driving; this being the early Noughties, self-driving cars were still a distant dream, so the whole thing got nowhere (still, I’m guessing programming an engine to react to a reckless, aggressive or disturbed driver is still pretty much a utopia). So after all that - after weeks of shock and grieving and looking for answers - everyone went back to normal, and we all accepted what seemed to be a universal truth before the days of constant war and mass surveillance: that you can’t make life risk free, and that’s why you should invest your resources in people, not things. We don’t need concrete blocks in the middle of every street and cameras everywhere and armed soldiers patrolling our neighbourhoods. The drive to harm others, I think, always comes from a deep hurt within yourself. This is what we need to fix. We need to build societies where we can stop that hurt from forming, from festering, from becoming a terminal illness. We need to look after each other and support one another. We need to make all we can to ensure kids live in a happy, safe and healthy environment, that parents have the time and skills and resources to look after them, that schools are properly funded, that people find a job they’re suited for and are paid enough to actually live. This is how we build resilience, and this - stronger communities, families, friends, job satisfaction, a sense of belonging - this is what stops the violence. And, of course - the world is unfair, which means there are people we just can’t save, but whatever we’re comfortable thinking, bad choices and desperation and resentment are much more widespread that innate evil. We would do well to remember that.

Originally posted by inwhiches

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stephenamell: To Toronto —

  • Man: *hates women*
  • Man: *joins internet groups devoted to hating women*
  • Man: *drives van into crowd, victims "predominantly" women*
  • Police: "There's no evidence the suspect was deliberately targeting women during the van attack."
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I just wanted to say thank you to my Fannibal Family for reaching out today after the news from Toronto to see if I’m ok.

My loved ones and I are all safe and accounted for. I’m sad for all of those who won’t have their loved ones home with them tonight.

I only hope as this tragedy unfolds, that people remember to look at facts only and not allow rhetoric and speculation to govern their impressions. We don’t know exactly what happened yet, so although it’s an upsetting situation, I hope people keep a level head and don’t allow fear and misinformation to lead the discussion. Toronto is a beautiful, safe, inclusive, accepting, and multicultural city and that is where our strength lies.

Thank you fannibal family for always caring. I love you all so much.