On anniversary of Dawson College shootings, students demand meeting with Prime Minister

MONTREAL, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On the fifth anniversary of the Dawson College shootings, students are calling on Prime Minister Harper to meet with them to discuss the Long Gun Registry. 

"By scrapping the long-gun registry the Government of Canada is putting the safety of Canadians at risk," said Audrey Deveault, chairperson of the Dawson Student Union. "The Prime Minister needs to sit down with communities affected by gun violence and explain himself." 

Studies have found that gun related homicides, suicides and injuries have decreased since controls on rifles and shotguns were strengthened in 1995. 

"We believe that there are ways for the Gun Registry to work for all Canadians," explains Deveault, "we trust that our Prime Minister will meet with us to hear our ideas. We trust that he will make time to meet with the youth of his country".

With Parliament set to resume next week, the Conservative Government has indicated that abolishing the Long Gun Registry is a top priority. 

The Dawson Student Union represents all 10,000 Dawson College students in Westmount, Québec.

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