Members of Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) is joining other Canadians in marking the 30th anniversary of the killing of 14 women and the injuring of 14 more in the shooting at École Polytechnique in Montreal. As evidenced by the stories being told over the past several days, this is a tragedy that affected individuals and a community. It haunts victims and families, first responders and journalists, advocates and citizens.
Gender-based violence and misogyny continue to plague our society, and shootings are the most common method used in the killing of women and girls. In fact, a gun in the home increases the risk of femicide. Canadians who may be at risk, and those wishing to learn more about these issues, are encouraged to speak with their physician.
We call on our political leaders to honour the memory of the victims of this tragedy by taking meaningful action to address gender-based violence in all its forms, from confronting hate to reducing poverty. The federal government must also take action on gun control, including by banning assault weapons and handguns and introducing “red flag” laws to protect vulnerable women and children. The time to act is now. Consider, the gun used in the École Polytechnique shooting is still for sale.
Today, we stand in solidarity with women and girls across the country, and with the courageous advocates of PolyRemembers/ PolySeSouvient. Their efforts over decades to change minds and laws to prevent similar tragedies is inspirational. We are grateful for their service. We remember.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Empower Consulting, for Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns