Is it time to ban the rental-van? Vehicular attack leaves 10 dead in Toronto

Toronto Van Attack

Of course it isn’t. As the situation in the UK has proven, you can’t Ban All the Things!™ in the hopes of making people safe from the small percentage of psychopathic individuals who would misuse “things” with the intent to harm.

Such was the case today in Toronto, where a man driving a rented panel van mowed down more than 2 doen people, killing 10.

From Guardian UK:

Ten people have been killed and 15 injured after a van sped on to a sidewalk in Toronto, ploughing through throngs of pedestrians and leaving a trail of devastation that stretched several city blocks.

The incident occurred around lunchtime on one of the city’s first warm days of the year. Emergency services received several frantic calls about a vehicle that appeared to be striking pedestrians along Yonge Street, one of the city’s main arteries.

The incident appeared to be deliberate, Mark Saunders, Toronto’s police chief told reporters. The vehicle weaved onto the sidewalk and into oncoming traffic for about three kilometres, he said.

Alek Minassian, a 25-year-old man from the nearby town of Richmond Hill, was arrested after a brief confrontation with police. A LinkedIn profile suggested he was studying computer software at a college in Toronto.

Officials refused to comment on a motive, but said the suspect did not represent a threat to national security. “The events that happened on the streets behind us are horrendous,” said Canada’s public safety minister, Ralph Goodale. “But they do not appear to be connected in any way to national security based on the information available at this time.”

The van did not act on its own. Nor did the gun at the Waffle House in Nashville. It isn’t the knife that critically wounded multiple people in Indianapolis recently. Timothy McVeigh used a ryder truck not to mow people down, rather he packed it full of explosives.

In all of these cases it was a demented individual who used the same tools which are used responsibly by millions of people everyday, only they chose to use their tool of choice in an immoral and evil way.

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Is it time to ban the rental-van? Vehicular attack leaves 10 dead in Toronto

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