Shooting victims’ families urged liberals to rewrite ‘aggressively hollow’ federal gun law

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks as parliamentary secretary to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Joel Lightbound, left, and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair watches during a news conference in Ottawa on February 16, 2021.

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The Liberal government’s firearms law is “an aggressively hollow bill” that must be completely revived, saying that family members and associates of those killed in tragic shooting events at Dawson College and Concordia University in Montreal .

In a letter sent to Liberal MPs, they add their voice to a chorus of opponents who say that Federal Bill C-21 will not relieve Canada of the deadly shootout crisis.

He said, “We will not call our words wrong. The letter C-21 is an insult to all victims of gun violence, ”the letter states.

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“It seems that it was designed by public relations consultants rather than public safety advisors. It seems that its sole purpose is to provide the harshest sound bites that meet the total lack of substance behind the ‘remedy’.

The bill, introduced in February, recently proposed the purchase of restricted firearms, which the government considers assault-style weapons, but would allow owners to keep them under strict conditions, including registration and safe storage of guns. .

The letter stated that it would allow “thousands of fully functional killing machines to remain in private hands.”

The legislation would also enable municipalities to ban handguns through suburbs restricting their possession, storage and transportation – a letter that says would be ineffective.

“The lack of any concrete proposal to stop the spread of handguns strengthens the efforts of this government as a failure to bolster gun speed.”

Families, survivors and witnesses who signed the letter say the law falls short on attempts to remove guns from the hands of people they shouldn’t have, prohibits smuggling and smuggling of firearms, and prohibits the revision of magazines There are as many as 100 tablets.

In 1992, four Concordia professors were shot by a colleague and a secretary was injured.

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Fifteen years ago at Dawson College this September, a gunman killed 18-year-old Anastasia de Susa and injured 19 others.

“Four families were broken into Concordia and one in Dawson. Many survivors are still struggling with their physical and psychological injuries,” the letter to Liberal MPs said.

“We are inspired by other victims, who have publicly expressed their anger at Bill C-21 and we support their call for a complete overhaul of it.”

Several relatives of the women killed in the 1989 Ecole Polytechnic Massacre in Montreal, as well as victims and families, have prohibited federal gun legislation, except for the 2018 shooting in Toronto.

Federal patrons and some firearms rights advocates have criticized the bill as targeting that it is responsible gun owners, not criminals.

The letter from the Dawson College and Concordia families accused the Liberals of stopping firearms-related violence to stop betrayal promises, saying, “It’s one thing to oppose gun control and legislate accordingly.” It is enough to be elected on the promise of strengthening gun control and then fit for a gun lobby with an aggressive bill. “

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is confident that the Liberal government’s approach to gun control is correct, but added that he is open to hearing suggestions for reform. Trudeau indicated on Friday that the bill was intended as a hopeless effort to revise a law recently enacted by family members of women killed in the 1989 Ecole Polytechnic massacre that would not make society safe. . Canadian Press

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