On July 20, 2012, tragedy struck Aurora, Colorado leaving an entire nation overwhelmed with fear and sadness. During a midnight screening of the film The Dark Knight Rises a lone gunman equipped with multiple firearms entered a crowded theatre and opened fire, claiming the lives of 12 people and injuring 58 others. The gunman who […]
On Thursday April 5th, after being passed by the Senate, Bill C-19: An Act to Abolish the Long-Gun Registry received royal assent and has now become law. As a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, I found it incredibly unfortunate that the debate surrounding the long-gun registry was framed in […]
Yesterday evening, Bill C-19: An Act to Abolish the Long-Gun Registry was passed by Senate. Established in 1995, in the wake of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, the long-gun registry was a valuable public safety tool which was utilized roughly 16,000 times each and every single day. As a member of the Standing Senate Committee […]
This past week, as a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, I studied Bill C-19: An Act to End the Long Gun Registry. The Long Gun Registry was established in 1995, in the wake of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, where a lone gunman who was armed with along gun, […]
On average, one in three women killed by their husbands in Canada is shot.
In 2007, about 15% of known firearm homicides in Canada were committed with a long gun.
In 1994, the same year the gun registry was introduced, a total of 91 women across Canada were killed by guns as a result of spousal abuse. In 2008, a total of 9 women were killed as a result of spousal abuse.
These are troubling figures and unfortunately are all too common; however, preserving the gun registry can prevent them from escalating.