However, in recent years our gun control laws have been steadily eroded – last year the government ended the registration of rifles and shotguns, including the powerful Ruger Mini 14 used in the Montreal Massacre and destroyed the records of more than 5 million registered guns. Now the Government has tabled legislation that will further relax controls on handguns and assault weapons.
The Coalition for Gun Control, founded in the wake of the Polytechnique tragedy, has worked closely with the families as well as women’s organizations, public health professionals, police, labor, community organizations and others to strengthen our gun control laws. They need our help to send a message to Prime Minister Harper, Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair, and Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau that Canadians want strong gun laws and expect them to make public safety a priority in spite of the loud voices of the well-resourced gun lobby.
You can use the image below to send a postcard to Prime Minister Harper, to the Leader of the Opposition Thomas Mulcair, and to Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau. It tells them that we want to see them prioritize public safety and focus on prevention, as well as implement measures to reduce the risk that dangerous individuals gain access to guns. To order postcards, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org – a donation of $25 per 100 postcards would be appreciated to help defray the production costs, but is not required.
Supporters of gun control in Canada have also founded Generation Action to engage young people and to #DemandControl (you can use this hashtag). Please invite those in your network to follow the campaign on (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and spread the word about this postcard campaign. Make your voice heard.
The following is a partial list of observances taking place in the Toronto area surrounding December 6th.
Women Won’t Forget – Partnered with University of Toronto Philosopher’s Walk
Saturday December 6th, 6:00pm
University of Toronto
Mississauga campus – Tuesday December 2, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Scarborough campus – Wednesday December 3, 2:00 – 1:00 pm
Women’s College Hospital
Friday, December 5, 2014. Noon – 1 p.m.
Lanark County Interval House – Hosted by D.A.R.E
December 6, 2014 from 2-3pm
Centre for Human Rights, York University
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Outside the Vari Hall Building, York University Keele campus
Ryerson Dec. 6 Memorial
Friday, December 5, 2014 12:00pm-1:30pm
Contact: Ann Whiteside