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McMaster doctors join call for gun laws

Published: March 28, 2019

Some McMaster University physicians are supporting a national Day of Action on April 3 to call for stronger gun laws in Canada.

The Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns is planning the day of events across Canada to urge the federal government to pass Bill C-71, an act to amend regulations on firearms and to implement a handgun and assault weapons ban. Statistics Canada reports firearm-related violent crime has increased 42% since 2013, and women and girls are particularly vulnerable.

"This is a public health issue, no different from smoking or road safety," said David Koff, professor and chair of the Department of Radiology, who supports the group.

"I have no issue with responsible people enjoying recreational shooting or hunting. But doctors and health professionals see the trauma from guns, and there is no place for heavy weaponry at home or on the street. We want to build awareness and support this day."

Although no public event is planned for Hamilton, events will be held at noon those days in 10 cities from St. John's to Vancouver, with other groups writing letters on the issue to the prime minister.

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