Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns calls on Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board to divest from American handgun and assault weapons manufacturers
In response to news that an upcoming report from Corporate Knights will reveal the Canadian Pension Plan includes holdings in American handgun and assault weapon manufacturers, Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns is calling on the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to end these relationships. As the CPPIB regards "responsible investing simply as intelligent long-term investing" it must take immediate steps to divest from the big gun industry. An industry that profits from injury and death and fear and weak gun laws do not meet the definition of responsible investing.
Our members see the devastation caused by guns on our patients, our communities suffer the impacts for years, and our public health care system bears the weight of preventable harm. With more than 80% of Canadians wanting stronger gun laws to restrict access to guns, our public pension plan should not be operating counter to this interest. We would be pleased to meet with the CPPIB Board to discuss the public health impacts of guns.
About Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns
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.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
For Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns
416-996-0767 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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