Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns Statement on Federal Assault Weapons Ban:A Good Day for Public Health, A Hopeful Day for Canada
Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) is very pleased with the federal Liberal government’s decision to ban a large number of military-style assault weapons; policy that is supported by substantial scientific evidence from around the world. After many difficult weeks of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, and following the devastating mass shooting in Nova Scotia, today is a good day for public health and a hopeful day for Canada.
By banning the sale of guns previously used in mass shootings in Canada and commonly used in such events in the United States, the government is joining the ranks of countries that have responded with more than just thoughts and prayers after horrific tragedies, including New Zealand last year and Australia in 1996. In fact, in the 18 years before Australia enacted its 1997 assault weapons ban, there were 13 mass shootings resulting in 104 deaths and 52 injuries. From 1997 until June 2019 there were no mass fatal shootings. Even the United States, which had a similar ban in place from 1994-2004, witnessed a 25% reduction in mass shootings and 40% fewer fatalities.