The Kitchener-Waterloo Regional council voted 14-1 this week to support the Long Gun Registry.
CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo presented the case for the registry, as it is an important tool that helps fight domestic violence and homicide. Since its creation, the registration of long guns has helped enforce safety regulations and remove firearms in situations of domestic violence. The result is a three fold decrease in the number of spousal homicides.
The House of Commons resumes next week after the summer recess to decide the fate of the registry. Jack Layton and the NDP have announced they have the support of enough of their rural MPs to save the valuable safety tool. Yet, in urban areas like Kitchener-Waterloo, Conservative MPs are expected to vote to eliminate it. The work of CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo and the recent vote of the Regional Council reminds these MPs that the registry saves lives, and they ought to put public safety before politics. To learn more about the Gun Registry and contact your own MP on the issue, click here.
Congratulations to Margaret Binek, the Advocacy Chair at CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo, and all of the members involved for their hard work!
As reported in The Waterloo Area Record – http://news.therecord.com/news/article/776392