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To stop gun violence, the long-gun registry must stay

Canada NewsWire

MONTREAL, Oct. 25, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Despite evidence that gun-related homicides, suicides and injuries have decreased since controls on rifles and shotguns were strengthened in 1995, the government has announced its intention to weaken controls on Canada's seven million rifles and shotguns.

"By going forward with scrapping the long-gun registry the Government of Canada is making it easier for dangerous people to get access to guns, putting the safety of all Canadians at risk." said Audrey Deveault, Chairperson of the Dawson Student Union (DSU). "Gun violence remains a problem in our country and weakening gun control is not the solution to stop it. Days after the shooting at our school, the long-gun registry was used to disarm a potential copycat in Hudson. We cannot say how many lives were saved that day but we can testify that gun violence makes many collateral victims and has a high cost."

On the fifth anniversary of the Dawson College shootings, the students called on Prime Minister to meet with them to discuss the long-gun registry. Their call was unanswered.

The DSU invites fellow students across the country to share their concerns with their Member of Parliament and the party leaders.

The DSU represents all 10,500 Dawson College students in Westmount, Québec.

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