Registry Saves Women’s Lives
Canadian Federation of University Women
OTTAWA, September 21, 2010 – Brenda Wallace, National President of the Canadian Federation of University Women calls on Members of Parliament to separate facts from rhetoric this Wednesday during the vote on the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) report recommending Canada keep its long gun registry. “The facts are clear; lives have been saved by the registry and our elected representatives have a duty to put our public safety before politics,” said Wallace.
As well as being crucial for public safety, the registry also saves lives in domestic violence situations. 88% of women killed by firearms are killed by a long-gun; the majority of these women are located in rural areas, where long-guns are more likely to be present.
Statistics show the spousal homicide rate has dropped to its lowest point in 30 years. More dramatically, in the decade that saw the creation of the long-gun registry, firearm-related spousal homicide decreased three-fold. In 1996, there were 27 firearm-related spousal homicides compared to 9 in 2007.
“We’ve been told this issue pits urban and rural Canadians against one another, but in this debate women’s voices are lost,” Wallace said from Regina today, “We need to speak out for those who have been silenced by domestic violence, and remind MPs that long-guns escalate domestic violence situations and contribute to spousal homicide.”
More people living with gun owners support the registry than oppose it (47 per cent versus 36 per cent). This recognizes the benefits of the safe storing regulations that the registry has helped to enforce; without proof of ownership the Firearms Act as a whole becomes less enforceable, undermining public safety.
The facts are clear, the registry saves lives. Eliminating it will put lives in danger.
For more information contact:
Sam Spady, 613-234-8252 ext. 106
CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization of close to 10,000 women university graduates, students and Associate Members in 112 Clubs across Canada that works to improve the status of women and human rights, education, social, justice, and peace. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) Commission on the Status of Women and belongs to the Education Sector of the Canadian Commission to UNESCO. CFUW is the largest of the 79 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).