"This is an attack against innocent families and our entire city. This is a tragedy, another tragedy in our city this year. I promise all of the people of Toronto, but most importantly, those directly affected by this tragedy that we will all be relentless in getting answers about why this senseless attack happened."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) John Tory, Toronto Mayor:
"Our entire city has been shocked by this cowardly act of violence. As I said earlier this morning at the scene, I'm of course angry, as we all are, that someone would carry out such an attack which really amounts to an attack on our city itself. Gun violence in any part of our city is horrible and completely unacceptable."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) John Tory, Toronto Mayor:
"I've said for some time that the city has a gun problem, in that guns are far too readily available to far too many people. It is something I spoke about very directly at a federal government conference held late last year on acts of violence. As I've said repeatedly, this is an international problem and this is a domestic problem. There are far too many people carrying around guns in our city and our region who should not have them. You've heard me ask the question of why anybody would need to buy 10 or 20 guns, which they can lawfully do under the present laws. And that leads to another question we need to discuss: why does anyone in this city need to have a gun at all? And I know even answering that question won't fully eliminate tragedies like this, but even if we can prevent one of these incidents, then in my view it is a discussion worth having and having very soon."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) John Tory, Toronto Mayor:
"I think it is fitting for us to revisit this issue, yes, to protect our city, but also out of respect for those who have lost their lives and had their lives dramatically disrupted by this senseless violence."
A man walked along a Toronto street firing a handgun into restaurants and cafes, shooting 14 people and killing two before dying after an exchange of gunfire with police.
Police Chief Mark Saunders did not rule out terrorism as a motive, though officials did not immediately identify the attacker, other than to say he was 29 years old.
"This is an attack against innocent families and our entire city," Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a city council meeting Monday.
Tory reaffirmed a commitment to pursuing the topic of gun reform in his city following the tragedy.
The mass shooting in a usually peaceful city comes three months after a driver of a van plowed into pedestrians on a Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people and injuring 14 and amid increasing concern about gun violence.
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