Halifax has a gun problem.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you'll know we've been tracking
the growing use of guns throughout HRM.
The numbers are disturbing: 75 shooting
incidents in 2011, and so far, the eight shootings this year put us on pace to
see even more violence in 2012.
It seems this is a homegrown problem. Police say the guns showing up on
our streets aren't being smuggled in from the U-S or central Canada. They are
being taken in robberies in homes throughout Nova Scotia.
Two recent cases tell that story.
On Tuesday, two masked men kicked in the door of a gun collector in
Sambro. 63 year old David Whalen was beaten, his common-law wife was tied up and
shoved to the floor, as the thugs ransacked his gun locker
stealing seven rifles. They didn't take anything else - they only wanted his
A couple of weeks ago, in the community of Barton, Digby County, another
home robbery, with a much a bigger haul. In this case the thieves hit the
jackpot: 25 rifles and shotguns.
Police say all of these guns will probably end up on the streets of
Halifax. Sawed-off and modified, the perfect concealed weapon.
Two robberies - 32 more guns in the hands of criminals.