In the next several weeks, Parliament will vote on whether to keep or scrap Canada’s long gun registry. Recent compelling evidence from the RCMP confirms that the gun registry has overcome early difficulties and is proving to be an invaluable investigative tool for police, essential to community safety and, most important, is saving lives, especially women and youth. Please act now to tell Prime Minister Harper, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, NDP leader Jack Layton and federal MPs from all parties: Save Lives, Keep the Gun Registry.
Today the RNAO released an Open Letter  to Prime Minister Harper pointing out that Ontario’s registered nurses do not see the gun registry as a north/south or rural/urban issue. It’s a health issue. The gun registry is proven to save lives.
Here’s what the RCMP study found:
You can read the full RCMP report at: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/fire-feu-eval/eval-eng.pdf .
In seeing the gun registry as essential to health and community safety, the RNAO joins an impressive array of police, health and community groups, including: the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP); Canadian Police Association (CPA); Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB); Canadian Public Health Association; Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions; Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians; Canadian Paediatric Society; Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists; Trauma Association of Canada, YWCA of Canada; and the Canadian Labour Congress.
For further background on why police and health organizations are united in supporting the long gun registry, see:
So why does the gun registry continue to divide Canadians in the face of such overwhelming evidence that it saves lives?
No doubt it has become a political “wedge” in politically highly-charged times.
The RNAO says it’s time for all our leaders to take a step back and re-evaluate the gun registry through the lens of best evidence and what is necessary for health and safety, not what might give temporary political advantage.
What Can YOU Do TODAY?
Please tell the Prime Minister, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton and all Ontario Members of Parliament (MPs) that RNs say it’s time to stop playing politics with people’s lives. Certainly the gun registry is not the end of the matter. We must do a better job of getting handguns off our streets in urban communities and stopping the flow of illegal and unregistered firearms over the border. But the registry is an excellent start. RNs say rather than tearing apart something that works, let’s build on its success to improve safety for all Canadians.
Please don’t delay.