For Immediate Release:
Statement by Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission (OWLC) supporting the preservation of long-gun registry data.
Toronto, ON/ May 18, 2012 – The Ontario Liberal Women’s Commission (OWLC) supports the prevention of destruction of the data from the now defunct long-gun registry. We stand behind the efforts of Toronto City Councillors, Kristyn Wong-Tam and Adam Vaughan to preserve this crucial data which has a direct impact on the safety and well-being of children and women.
The Canadian Government, under Prime Minister Stephen Harper, which repealed the long-gun registry, has claimed that it has done nothing to prevent crime and has sought to criminalize law-abiding gun owners. However, the Canadian Association of Chiefs call it an essential law enforcement tool. Police access the gun registry 11,000 times a day and use it to protect front-line officers and prevent domestic violence and suicide. Long guns are involved in 70 per cent of gun-related deaths, the victims of which are overwhelmingly women.
Liberal Senator Mobina Jaffer has spoke in favour of the gun registry, saying “As a member of the Canadian Panel on Violence Against Women in the 1990s, I saw first-hand the destruction long guns do to women’s lives.”
The OWLC supports all efforts to retain the data from the long-gun registry and to update it on an ad hoc basis where possible.
The OWLC stands with other organizations in supporting all efforts to prevent violence against women.
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The Ontario Women’s Liberal Commission is the voice of Ontario women in the Liberal Party of Canada. We are committed Liberals with a mandate from the Liberal Party to work, both inside the Party and out, to bring about the equality of women in Canada. Our task is threefold. We bring women into the Liberal Party, nurture their involvement and help them grow as activists at every level of the Party. We bring issues of concern to women to the Liberal debate.
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