OTTAWA, April 20, 2011 – The Canadian Federation of University Women(CFUW) believes that gun control is an important measure to help prevent public violence and in particular, violence against women. Most firearm-related deaths in Canada are caused by rifles or shotguns. These are the guns most used in domestic violence.
The Gun Registry has helped reduce this type of domestic violence and spousal homicide. The number of women murdered with firearms has decreased by 70% since controls on all firearms were first introduced. Women’s groups and front line shelter workers maintain that the interests of all women, rural and urban, are not being served by abolishing the gun registry.
While it has been estimated that the cost to abolish the long gun registry would save between $1.5 and $4 million per year, these costs are dwarfed by those monies incurred as a result of firearm death and injury (estimated at $6.6 billion per year in 1995).
“It would be a backwards step to collapse the gun registry. In fact, we need to be working towards a national strategy that ends violence against women.” said Brenda Wallace, National President of CFUW.
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Founded in 1919, CFUW is a non-partisan, equality-seeking, self-funded organization of close to 10,000 women graduates and students in 112 Clubs across Canada. For more information, see http://www.cfuw.org
The Right to Speak, The Responsibility to Act Le droit de parole – le devoir d”agir
CFUW was present at last night’s historic vote. After months of hard work, the registry was saved… for now. This victory, while we can savor it for the time being, is bitter sweet. After the vote the Prime Minister vowed to continue the campaign to end the long gun registry. This means that while we have won the battle, the war is far from over.
The contempt shown for a tool that has helped save hundreds of women’s lives cannot be tolerated. We need to work harder than ever to protect the registry and gun control in this country; we must speak out for those who are silenced by fear, intimidation and firearms.
Our Prime Minister’s promise to get rid of the gun registry underlines his lack of respect for our democratic processes. CFUW, as an organization with a founding purpose to increase the status and safety of women, cannot sit on the sidelines. We will work with our partners in civil society, in the labour movement, the Ad Hoc Coalition and with groups across the country to ensure these issues do not fade.
Thank you to CFUW members across the country for your hard work and commitment to making Canada a more equal society. You can feel proud in knowing that we stood up to a divisive, bullying government and won. Keep fighting; the issues are too important to lose.
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.
CFUW Past President, Mavis Moore, is featured in The Toronto Star for her support of the Long Gun Registry as a rural gun owner. The article points out that gun control is a gender issue. To read more click here.
A big thanks to Mavis for her decades of tireless work for gun control! You rock!
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!