The Coalition for Gun Control/Pour le Controle des Armes

The Gun Lobby Spares No Expense

Posted by cgccanada on June 4, 2009

The Gun Lobbyists are working hard to influence the outcome of the bills which challenge gun control in Canada.  This ad was recently posted in the Hill times in an effort to sway the votes of MPs.

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

An advertisment that the Gun Lobby recently posted in the Hill Times

In the Coalition for Gun Control blog, and on our website, we’ve repeatedly challenged the claims made in this ad, but maybe we can all do more.  Anti-gun control lobbyists are spending time and money getting their message out. We can get our message out too.  What can you do?  Support the CGC here, Write your MP and let them know you support the gun registry.  Follow us on Twitter in English and French, and start blogging on your own website or twitter page about this issue.  Link back to us, and link to other supporters.  Together we can let our government know we support gun control.

The Gun Lobby Does NOT Speak for Me:

“The long- gun registry does not make Canadians any safer”

FACTS: Firearms death, injury and crime have decreased since the controls were introduced. Police use it almost 10,000 times a day.

“Criminals do not register their guns”

FACTS: Legal guns are often diverted to criminal markets through theft and illegal sales. Controls over legal guns help stem the flow of guns to criminals.

“Guns don’t kill, people kill”

FACTS: People with guns kill more efficiently. Where there are more guns there are more deaths.

“’Duck guns’ are not a problem, just handguns”

FACTS:  Rifles and shotguns kill just as dead as handguns. These are the guns most used in domestic violence and to kill police officers. The gun used to kill 14 young women at Polytechnique is still sold as an unrestricted hunting rifle.

“Guns are only a problem in big cities”

FACTS:  The rates of gun death are higher in rural areas and the west where there are more guns. Domestic violence and youth suicide are particular problems. Police officers are more likely to be murdered with guns in smaller communities than big cities.

“The law “punishes” law abiding gun owners”
FACTS: There is a human cost to gun violence and survivors feel the “punishment” every day. Licensing gun owners and registering guns does not prevent them from being used for lawful purposes.

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