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From The Toronto Sun: Crime Stoppers offers $500 for gun tips

Posted by cgccanada on January 6, 2010

By SUN STAFF

Last Updated: 6th January 2010, 4:45am

Crime Stoppers hopes money continues to talk.

Crime Stoppers rolls out a new ad campaign next week, offering up to $500 for tips about illegal guns.

The Cash for Guns program started in October 2005 in the midst of gang warfare that led to 52 people dying of gun wounds. Guns accounted for two-thirds of the murders that year.

The first two months of the program brought in 22 guns from 164 tips. Along with the firearms seizures, 30 people were arrested and more than $25,000 worth of narcotics were seized.

More up-to-date statistics weren’t available yesterday.

A new ad incorporates a firearm with the barrel pointing backward, warning that the use of guns in crime will often lead to the death of the shooter.

The ads will appear on the TTC, billboards and transit shelters, Toronto Crime Stoppers chairman Lorne Simon said.

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From Metro Canada: The gun registry is much more than a symbol

Posted by cgccanada on December 10, 2009

Please send letters to the editors in support of Wendy Cukier’s columns to : torontoletters@metronews.ca , calgaryletters@metronews.ca , edmontonletters@metronews.ca , halifaxletters@metronews.ca , ottawaletters@metronews.ca , vancouverletters@metronews.ca

December 10, 2009 5:42 a.m.
Wendy Cukier

This past weekend, groups across the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Families of the victims mourned their loss and recommitted to defending Canada’s gun control law, which they called a monument to the memory of the victims.
Twenty years ago, a man walked into l’Ecole Polytechnique, separated the men from the women and screaming — you are all a bunch of feminists — killed 14 young women and injured 13 others. His semi-automatic rifle — the Ruger Mini 14 — will soon be easier to get, thanks to Stephen Harper and other federal politicians.
On Nov. 4, the House of Commons passed private member’s Bill C-391, a bill that will eliminate the need to register rifles and shotguns. Nervous opposition politicians spooked by a well-financed, American-style campaign targeting specific MPs backed the Conservatives over the objections of virtually every public safety organization in the country.
In spite of the focus on handguns and urban violence, rifles and shotguns are a substantial proportion of the guns recovered in crime in this country. They are the guns most often used to kill police officers and the guns most often used in domestic violence and suicides, particularly involving youth.
Registration ensures licensed gun owners are held accountable for their firearms. If gun owners are licensed but guns not registered, there is no way to prevent legal gun owners from selling or giving guns to unlicensed and potentially dangerous people.
Opponents of gun control complain about the cost. But seven million guns have been registered. The money has been spent. The only guns that need to be registered going forward are new guns or those being traded. The costs — $3 million a year — pale in comparison to the costs of gun injury and death. And police consult the system thousands of times each day in order to take preventative action.
The law is much more than a symbol. Three hundred fewer people die from gunshots now compared to 1995, when the law passed. Our problem is not just the vocal and well-financed gun lobby. We can only hope that those who wore white ribbons to mark the memory of the women who died Dec. 6, 1989, will now take action.

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From IANSA: Victims of gun violence pledge to continue to defend Canada’s gun control law

Posted by cgccanada on July 22, 2009

Toronto – “Some politicians seem to be preoccupied with the costs of gun control or appeasing the gun lobby but they are forgetting the huge costs many of us have paid for inadequate gun control.” Priscilla de Villiers, former president of CAVEAT and victims advocate said “Have they learned nothing from the deaths of our children? The inquest into the murder of my daughter called for licensing of gun owners and registration of all guns. I have been going to Ottawa to plead with politicians to do the right thing for more than a decade. I have attended dozens of press conferences. I have testified before more parliamentary committees than I knew existed. While it is too early to evaluate the impact of the 1995 law, which was not fully implemented until 2003, the Canadian Public Health Association and others have argued that the progressive tightening of gun laws in Canada has contributed to reducing gun death and injury. In 1991, when I began this journey, there were 1,444 gun deaths and in 2001 there were 842. Firearm robberies have declined dramatically over the decade by 64% since 1991, from 8,995 to 3,474. Domestic homicides with firearms have fallen according to the latest report on intimate partner homicide from Statistics Canada. The police are using the system 1,500 times each day and have reported case after case where the system allowed them to remove guns from people who were a risk.”

Nastaran Yadollahi of Toronto said, “My brother Soroush was shot and killed in Toronto earlier this year. We still don’t know the reason, who did it, or where the gun came from? All we know is that we lost a young man with a bright future and our lives are irreparably damaged. It is hard even to put into words the costs for me, his father, and his mother, who are also here today. However, there is no doubt in my mind that stronger controls on guns are important, not just in Canada but in the US, as guns know no borders. My family has committed to working with victims of gun violence and community groups to fight the scourge of guns. We ask all politicians to place a priority on public safety. They must support strong controls in Canada, help keep our borders strong and work internationally for better controls. Our family is committed to working to prevent others from suffering as we have.”…more

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More on the Disarm Domestic Violence Campaign

Posted by cgccanada on June 18, 2009

From the IANSA website:

During the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence events will be held in 85 countries to draw attention to the human toll of small arms proliferation and misuse. Perhaps most shockingly, the greatest risk of gun violence to women around the world is not on the streets, or the battlefield, but in their own homes.

Women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the house. Usually the perpetrator is a spouse or partner, often with a prior record of domestic abuse. Gun violence can be part of the cycle of intimidation and aggression that many women experience from an intimate partner. For every woman killed or physically injured by firearms, many more are threatened. This is why IANSA has launched a campaign to demand policies which would keep women safe from gun violence.

Disarming Domestic Violence is the first international campaign to protect women from gun violence in the home. The main goal is to ensure that anyone with a history of domestic abuse is denied access to a firearm, or have their licenses revoked.

IANSA women from over 28 countries are already involved and collecting information about the scale of the problem in Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, DR Congo, El Salvador, Haiti, Liberia, Macedonia, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Togo, Uganda, Uruguay, and Venezuela…..

Read more at IANSA Women’s Network

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June 16, 2009: Canadian groups support international “Disarm Domestic Violence” Campaign, marking the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence

Posted by cgccanada on June 16, 2009

Canadian groups join others in 85 countries to mark the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence. Coalition for Gun Control President, Wendy Cukier, noted “Although gun violence takes different forms in different countries, there is a common theme: where there is easy access to firearms, there are higher rates of women and children killed with guns. The Global Week of Action is a good opportunity to draw attention to the fact that in spite of the differences, whether in Canada, South Africa, Australia, Trinidad or Brazil we share common goals: safe communities.”

A recent report by Amnesty International, Oxfam and International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) shows that the use of firearms in violence against women is a global problem. Women are three times more likely to die violently if there is a gun in the house. Usually the perpetrator is a spouse or partner, often with a prior record of domestic abuse. For every woman killed or physically injured by firearms, many more are threatened.

In 2006, the Geneva based Small Arms Survey singled out Canada’s gun law for its significant impact on reducing gun death and injury in Canada. The impact on murders of women, most often killed with rifles and shotguns has been most significant. In 1991, 85 women were murdered with firearms. By 2005, that had fallen to 32, a reduction of 62%. In contrast murders of women without firearms declined only slightly during the same period from 185 to 115, a decline of 38%.The 1995 law introduced the spousal notification to the screening process to give women who may be abused a chance to speak out and continuous eligibility checks to ensure that if there is a domestic violence involving a gun owner, police will know immediately. Police are using the registry 10,000 times a day and have reported many cases where it has enabled them to take preventative action.

But in recent years Canada’s global reputationhas been eroded. It hasfailed to ratify the OAS Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms and it has not met its obligations under the United Nations Programme of Actionon the Illicit Trade in Small Arms. Legislationsbefore parliament -Bills C-391, C-
301, and S-5 -threaten to dismantle gun control in Canadaundermining efforts to prevent gun violence and combat the illegal gun trade.

Women’s groups from across the country including the National Council of Women, the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Fédération des Femmes du Québec, the Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters, the YWCA of Toronto and YWCA of Canada oppose the plans to weaken Canada’s gun laws. More than 30 women’s organizations have written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, opposing plans to dismantle gun control: “We are concerned about proposals to repeal the 1995 Firearms Act, to weaken or eliminate licensing and remove the requirement to register all firearms. We strongly support the mandatory screening, licensing and renewal for all firearm owners as well as registration of all firearms contained in the current law. These measures are critical to enhancing the public safety.”

According to Rebecca Peters, Director of IANSA, many countries have modelled legislation on Canada’s gun laws to reduce gun violence against women. She said “That Canada, home of the Landmine Ban Convention and world leader in peace building, should consider moving its gun laws against the global trend towards stricter regulation looks both foolish and irresponsible. Licensing and registration is a crucial step in preventing men who have a history of domestic violence from committing femicide or armed sexual violence in the home.”

IANSA is leading “Disarming Domestic Violence”is the first international campaign aimed at protecting women from gun violence in the home. The main goal is to ensure that people with a history of domestic abuse are denied access to firearms, or have their licenses revoked. Of the nearly 900 million small arms in the world today, more than 75% are in the hands of private individuals –most of them men. Given this, women are paying a disproportionately heavy price for the multi-billion dollar trade in small arms.

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Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence 2009 June 15 – 21

Posted by cgccanada on June 15, 2009

This is the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence.

The CGC is participating in events this week to draw attention to the role of guns in domestic violence, and the importance of gun control.  We will be posting information here and on our blog thoughout the week. For now, here are some links to what others from around the world are doing this week.

IANSA

Overcoming Violence

IPPNW

Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Violence Prevention

International Student Coalition to Abolish Small Arms

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Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence June 15-21

Posted by cgccanada on June 5, 2009

Repost from The International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War

by Maria Valenti

It is less than 2 weeks until the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence 15-21 June 2009. Please consider helping to launch IPPNW’s new “Medical Voices Against Violence:Your Story” project during this week.

Send us your stories in advance, or collect stories at your medical schools or hospitals during the Week of Action. It’s easy to record a short story – just use your digital camera and record a 1-3 minute story about an incident of gun violence you experienced, or happened in your community or to someone you know like a family member, friend, or patient– introduce yourself at the beginning with your first name only, what you do (medical student, doctor et.) and your country – then tell your short story and how if affected you as a health professional. If you can’t record a story, write one and send us a photo of you and we will print them together. Contact me for how to transmit big video files at mvalenti@ippnw.org. Let’s make this a worldwide IPPNW event!

Other ideas for activities:

  • Hold a “teach-in” or hospital “grand rounds” on small arms violence and health, using the IPPNW Aiming for Prevention PowerPoint, and/or One Bullet Stories that are on IPPNW’s web site. (contact mvalenti@ippnw.org for a copy of the PPT). Or, use modules from the WHO TEACH-VIP curriculum which can be downloaded from their web site at http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/capacitybuilding/teach_vip/en/.
  • Write an op-ed or letters to the editor to local newspapers about the human suffering from gun violence in your country
  • Organize as many doctors, nurses and other medical professionals as possible to have a public event/press conference to provide “testimony” about victims of violence they have treated in their hospitals, and call for more violence prevention initiatives in the community.
  • Call your local radio station or newspaper reporter and ask them to conduct an interview with you about health effects of violence – if you need materials, contact us.
  • Investigate if your medical school has any financial investments in gun manufacturers. If so, hold a press conference to call for divestment.
  • Faces/stories of violence exhibit – Collect photos/stories from newspapers of shootings/other violence over the past year in your area, paste on posters, and organize an educational exhibit at your school, library or other venue – call the press to come publicize.

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