Women Unite in Support of the Gun Registry
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 21 at 11:00 am, Canada’s Federal Opposition Women’s Critics and the Canadian Labour Congress, with the support of women’s groups across Canada will come together to remind MPs that the Gun Registry is a gender issue.
A media conference will be held on Parliament Hill and will feature the Women’s Critics from each of the Opposition political parties, the Canadian Labour Congress, and the Ad-Hoc Coalition for Women’s Equality. Their message will be clear; the gun registry saves women’s lives. A domestic violence victim is 12 times more likely to be murdered if a long gun is on site. The long-gun registry lets police know if gun(s) are in a house and to remove them.
The media conference is being held one day before a crucial vote on the long-gun registry. On Wednesday, September 22, Members of Parliament will vote on a report by the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) recommending Canada keep its long gun registry. If most MP’s vote against SECU’s recommendations, Bill C-391 will go to third reading. If it passes, the long-gun registry, and the existing records of over 7 million registered firearms, will be abolished.
The media conference is supported by women’s organizations across the country who want to ensure that women’s safety concerns are heard and addressed. CFUW will be on Parliament Hill tomorrow in support of the Press Conference and the long-gun registry.