A message for Canada from prominent American gun safety advocate: Do not let the gun lobby win at the ballot booth
With Election Day approaching, Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) shares this important statement from prominent American gun safety advocate Fred Guttenberg. Mr. Guttenberg is father to Jaime, a victim of the Parkland, Florida school mass shooting in 2018. He is an ardent advocate for gun safety and a persistent critic of gun lobby groups and their influence over political parties and gun laws. His story is featured in a documentary airing on CNN this Sunday about the NRA and its impact on America.
“I am alert to the stakes for Canadian gun control advocates in Monday’s federal election. I read with incredulity the National Rifle Association’s attack on Canada’s assault weapons ban earlier this week and understand from my friends up north that Canadian gun lobby groups are working to reverse this and other common sense gun laws. I respectfully suggest Canadians look closely at the American experience before voting: gun lobby groups should never be close to power. Just as we are on the cusp of moving forward on common sense gun laws that will make Americans safer, it would be disheartening to see NRA-style gun lobby groups and their political supporters take Canada backwards.”
Canadian gun lobby groups are vigorously campaigning to weaken gun laws, including the federal ban on more than 1,500 types of semi-automatic assault weapons. These are guns that can kill many people in a short period of time. The evidence is clear that such restrictions save lives. While the Liberal, NDP, Bloc, and Green parties have unequivocally supported maintaining the assault weapons ban, the Conservative Party has not. Reversing such a ban would have tragic consequences. A study released earlier this year found that 30 mass shootings could have been prevented in the United States had that country maintained its assault weapons ban. This ban was in place from 1994-2004 and then left to expire by the NRA-backed Bush administration. Canadians need all parties to support evidence-based gun laws.
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact: Christopher Holcroft Empower Consulting, for CDPG 416-996-0767 / email@example.com
Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) is a grassroots organization concerned about the increasing public health impact of firearms. We represent physicians working in collaboration with nurses, paramedics, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, researchers and other front-line health care professionals. We have all witnessed first-hand the emotional and physical trauma and devastation caused by guns. CDPG calls for a comprehensive public policy response to this crisis in our communities, including preventative tools to reduce gun use and their consequences on youth violence, domestic abuse, and suicide. Specifically, we call for the following short-term actions:
- A ban on handguns and assault weapons - Passage of Bill C-71, An Act to amend certain Acts and Regulations in relation to firearms
Through education and advocacy, CDPG looks forward to working with all Canadians to enact change. We invite you to join us.
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