We have a terrible justice system in Canada. This appears to be a one-off with a kid that other than mental problems had no prior record or offenses but typically, this is not the case. We have repeat offenders with B & E's, assaults', weapon infractions, etc. that are walking the streets. The police know they will be repeat offenders again but their hands are tied due to our lax justice system. Luckily this kid will not be one of them but until the punishments suit the crime, we won't see any change. Another feather in their cap for the anti gun proponents but it's not the firearm that kills people, it's the nut case who has obtained it. It will not surprise me if it comes to light that the firearm belonged to the father and he allowed a mentally unstable 16 year old access to it. We have multiple laws in place restricting both purchasing firearms legally and maintaining firearms in safe storage, so this was either an illegal firearm or the father should be restricted from owning firearms. The mentality of a criminal is such that if not punished accordingly for a crime, the criminal acts only escalate and as law abiding citizens we have no recourse without penalty. Too many homeowners have been charged for assaulting someone breaking into their home whether they beat the living $hit out of them or their dog bites them. Yes. That happened not far from me that the robber went in through the window when no one was home and the dog had a great time chewing on him. The owner was charged.
But times are changing. Couple years ago, also near me, a man came home and found his house was broken into and the man was still there. During a confrontation, the homeowner shot and killed the assailant. He was charged but the charges were dropped shortly thereafter as his life was threatened. The assailant by the way was known to police for numerous other infractions and being mentally unstable.
It is truly sad that in Canada we are blessed with a great place to live and jobs for anyone that wants to work instead of pillage, yet we still have to contend with an ever increasing criminal element that laughs at getting their hand slapped for criminal acts.
This is old and likely not true but it still rings as representative.
" This is 911. What is your emergency." There is a man carrying a gun breaking into my home". 911 -" We have alerted the police but they are unable to respond for 30 minutes. Take cover and do not confront the intruder" he is told. He phones 911 back 2 minutes later and says, " Tell the police to take their time, I shot the intruder". The police showed up within 3 minutes and caught the robber. Police officer says " I thought you said you shot him?" Man says "I thought you said you couldn't be here for 30 minutes".