Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Urgent Action Alert to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP leader Jack Layton and Ontario MPs: You Can Still Save Lives, KEEP THE GUN REGISTRY!


September 20, 2010


Two more days: WE NEED ALL RNs TO ACT NOW.

 

Urgent Action Alert to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP leader Jack Layton and Ontario MPs: You Can Still Save Lives, KEEP THE GUN REGISTRY!

 

 

Over 500 RNs from across Ontario wrote to PM Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Jack Layton and other MPs urging them to keep a gun registry that is proven to save lives, particularly those of women and children. We have two more days and we need you to act now!

 

Wednesday, September 22, Members of Parliament will vote on a private member’s bill that could scrap the federal gun registry. This is in spite of the strong evidence from the RCMP that:

 

  • The federal gun registry saves lives. It helps police better respond to, for example, situations of domestic violence when they know there’s a gun in the home before entering;

  • Firearm deaths dropped 12 per cent from 2001 to 2004 largely as a result of the gun registry;

  • There have been significant reductions in spousal homicide rates and youth suicides;

  • 81 per cent of trained police officers agree the registry has been beneficial in their investigations;

  • After early problems with implementation, the gun registry is now managed cost-effectively, efficiently and at little inconvenience to long gun owners.

 

The full RCMP report at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/fire-feu-eval/eval-eng.pdf.

 

Much of the debate over the federal gun registry has focused on the so-called divide between rural and urban, north and south. But more and more Canadians from both rural and urban communities and from across the country agree that the gun registry is about health and keeping our homes, streets and workplaces safe for all.

 

If you have already written to Prime Minister Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Jack Layton and other MPs, THANK YOU! Now please write again – we have TWO DAYS to send MPs a clear message from RNs that the federal gun registry saves lives!

 

If you have not yet had a chance to send an email to Prime Minister Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Jack Layton and other MPs, there is still time. But please hurry. You have TWO DAYS to tell federal politicians that for you the gun registry is not a rural/urban or north/south issue, it’s about healthy and safe communities.

 

  1. Email the letter below to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP leader Jack Layton. A copy will also automatically be sent to all Ontario MPs.

  1. Please share this action alert with your colleagues, friends and family and ask them to write as well.

As leaders in your community, your views matter. When nurses and their families speak out, politicians listen. Please act now!


Introduction:


Below is the email that will be sent automatically to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and copied to Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP Leader Jack Layton and Ontario MPs. Please add examples from your professional and personal lives to illustrate why maintaining the long gun registry is important to you.


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