Toronto Mayor David Miller today launched a campaign to have handguns banned in Canada.

The campaign’s centre-piece is an online petition posted on the City’s website ( which will enable Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join the call for a Canada-wide handgun ban. A print-friendly version of the petition is also available on the website for individuals and groups that wish to canvas their neighbourhoods and workplaces.

Mayor Miller is also reaching out broadly though the Internet. A short video-clip of the Mayor stating the urgency of this action is posted on the City’s website and on seeking public support for the ban. A Facebook group has also been started.

"Toronto continues to face unacceptable incidents of gun violence," said Mayor Miller. "These cannot be fully addressed without a total ban on handguns. Handguns are designed for one purpose and that is to kill people and have no place in our society. Statistics show that in jurisdictions with gun bans, supply is limited and shootings are less common.

"I call on Canadians, and especially Torontonians, to add their names to the petition and tell the federal government no more lives should be lost in this way."

Mayor Miller intends to personally deliver the petition to Parliament Hill in June.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.