TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - As December 6 marks the National Day of
Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, it is important that
Ontarians support the continued fight for sensible gun laws in Canada.
"It has been 23 years since 14 women were tragically murdered at École
Polytechnique, and one of the best things we can do in their memory is
to continue the fight for sensible gun laws in Canada," said ETFO
President Sam Hammond. "Gun control has been severely weakened by the
federal government over the past several years. We cannot let that
deter efforts to make this country a safer place for women."
In addition to ending the long gun registry, the federal government has
destroyed the records on 5.6 million rifles and shotguns registered
outside Quebec, and forbade provinces from requiring gun dealers to
maintain records of sales, according to the Coalition for Gun Control (www.guncontrol.ca). This has made it impossible to trace guns if they are stolen or used
in crimes such as spousal homicides. Long guns are used in 72% of
cases where women are killed by spouses according to the Coalition.
"From gun control to proactive education, stopping violence against
women must be a priority for all levels of government," added Hammond.
"As teachers, we are gravely concerned about this issue because we see
the impact of violence against women on our students, some of whom may
witness violence or become its victim themselves."
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario represents 76,000
elementary public school teachers and education professionals across
the province and is the largest teacher federation in Canada.
SOURCE: Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario
For further information:
Valerie Dugale, ETFO Media Relations: Cell: 416-948-0195