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Doctors launch organization to fight for stronger gun laws in Canada

Last Updated Feb 11, 2019 at 5:44 pm EST

File photo of handguns. CITYNEWS

A group of doctors has launched a new organization to fight for stronger gun laws in Canada, arguing that gun violence is devastating their patients and communities.

Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns says gun violence should be treated as a public health issue in much the same way as road safety and smoking.

The advocacy group is made up of family doctors, emergency room physicians, trauma surgeons and psychiatrists.

They are advocating for a ban on handguns and assault weapons, saying gun violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed.

The group notes Statistics Canada reports a 42 per cent increase in firearm-related violent crime since 2013.

It says it will work with governments, health and legal stakeholders and other Canadians to address the issue.

“We know the pro-gun lobby is going to try and muddy the issue,” CDPG member Dr. Alan Drummond said in a press release. “But our expertise — and our professional responsibility — is in the protection of public health.”

The group is set to appear before the Senate’s standing committee on National Security and Defence studying Bill C-71, which includes changes to the Firearms Act and the Criminal Code, later this month.

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February 11, 2019 at 6:27 pm

The numbers of gun deaths/injuries from LEGALLY held guns in a country of 35 million is insignificant. There is no gun problem. Now if you approach it from a “feelings” point of view like these Drs then one is too many. There is no reasoning with that point of view.

February 11, 2019 at 6:40 pm