The Coalition for Gun Control/Pour le Controle des Armes

Guns in The News: Monday August 3, 2009

Posted by cgccanada on August 4, 2009

1. Advocacynet, July 31, 2009, An Interview with Cindy Cowan, Interim Place

A few days ago, I spent time talking with Cindy Cowan, the Executive Director of a shelter for abused women called the Interim Place. The Interim Place has been in operation for twenty-seven years, providing shelter, support, counseling and advocacy for abused women and their children; they are committed to a philosophy of feminism, anti-racism and anti-oppression. Cindy has been working with victims of domestic violence for over twenty years, and has been with the Interim Place for three. When I asked her if she thought the money put towards implementation of Canada’s Firearms Act would have been better spent on social services for abused women, as many opposed to the Act have argued, her answer was no. Spending money on ‘patching women up’ is not the solution to ending domestic violence, according to Cowan. While providing funding for shelters and other resources to help women who have been domestically abused is a necessity, developing and passing legislative policies (such as the Firearms Act) to prevent abuse from ever taking place works to eliminate that necessity. Violence against women is a very serious gender-based human rights violation, and obstructs equality between men and women. Thus, investing money into the implementation of policies like the Firearms Act is vitally important in aiding victims of abuse, and combating a serious women’s rights issue... more

2. Kelowna.com, August 1, 2009, Update: Two men taken into custody over report of handgun

On July 31 the Kelowna RCMP received a report of two males in a white car who appeared to be handling a handgun. They were seen driving towards the Bennett Bridge. The vehicles was quickly spotted by the RCMP and they intercepted it as it travelled onto the bridge. The driver of the vehicle willingly pulled over while on the bridge and the two male occupants were taken into custody. Seized from the vehicle were two replica handguns and a long rifle. The two males are being investigated for possible charges relating to the possession of these firearms. A civilian report to police of a passenger in a car driving down Harvey Avenue in a white Toyota with a gun in his lap led RCMP to pull over a car on the Bennett Bridge.

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