Last year, I taught several Concordia students who had been at Dawson College a year earlier, when Kimveer Gill attacked the place. It's hard to describe the impact on those students, and I don't want to talk about them on my blog. Suffice to say, the Dawson shootings resonated among our first-year class.
So I'm very concerned when any politician tries to make hay out of Gill's rampage. Still, I think Dion did a good job of dealing with one of the issues involved: Gill's assault rifle still is not on the list of prohibited weapons. Since it's designed for killing people, not for hunting, I agree with Dion: the government should act. If, as he says, the committee that recommends which weapons are banned is stacked with loonies and gun nuts, then Dion's done a public service by exposing them. If not, he's tried to turn tragedy into votes.
His claim does have the ring of truth to it. The evidence? Almost two years after the killing, another Kimveer Gill could buy the same weapon and go into another Canadian school. That's a rather scary thought for those of us in Montreal colleges.