Gun-related injury and death should be treated the way other public health issues are, says a coalition of doctors and other health care workers. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press)

Stronger gun control urged by new doctors’ group

Canadian doctors and other health-care professionals have formed a new group to fight for strong gun control laws including a ban on handguns and assault weapons.

“Guns represent a growing public health threat. Statistics Canada reports that firearm-related violent crime has increased 42% since 2013, and Canada has the 5th highest rate of firearm mortality among 23 countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (Annals of Surgery, 2018),” reads a statement from Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns.

The organization plans to hold a National Day of Action on April 3, 2019 rally support for stricter gun control. 

It will also present it’s views to a Senate committee which is studying proposed legislation to amend certains laws and rules on firearms.

There were a record 96 homicides in Toronto in 2018. The mayor has called on resident to lobby the federal government for a ban on handguns. (Christopher Katsarov/The Canadian Press)

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8 comments on “Stronger gun control urged by new doctors’ group
  1. Avatar Lauren says:

    Please tell me how doctors are in any way experts on gun control. I work in a hospital and see multiple overdoses every single night yet nobody talks about getting rid of the drugs these doctors prescribe that cause these overdoses. This is blatant misuse of their position of trust. Using their staus for their own personal agenda is disgusting and wrong. Why don’t they talk about banning cigarettes or alcohol? How many people does that kill each year compared to guns? What about vehicles? This is all a political aganda and nothing more. Canadain citizens don’t even have the right to protect themselves from a home invasion! Our laws and government have become a joke and now the “doctors” are in that same boat.

  2. Avatar Doru Stancu says:

    From CBC, as a corporation supported by taxpayers’ money, one would expect a balanced approach. If a few doctors (exactly how many are part of this new “group”?) decide to express a partisan position in a domain for which they have little to no expertise, why does the article author make it sound as if the majority of Canadian doctors are of the same opinion?
    I completely oppose this biased article which does not offer any voice to the very large section of the Canadian people who are against further firearms bans.

  3. Avatar Chad says:
    Doctors still kill a fee more people every year than guns. When these people can kill less than guns, then ask for more gun control.

  4. Soleiman Mellali Soleiman Mellali says:

    We assessed both articles were incomplete. That’s the only reason they’re being withdrawn. The long format we have planned will be published very soon. The different points of view will be expressed and the facts verified. Citizens will then be able to form their own opinion. I specify that it’ll be in English and French.

  5. Avatar J. Brethour says:

    As far as I am concerned the Liberal Government has failed with weak border security and the influx of illegal handguns coming in to the criminal gangs like in Toronto for example.
    Doctors might see the pain a handgun causes to a person but they obviously do not have a clue of the handgun’s origins or the person using it.

    In 2017 145 deaths were handgun related.

    In Toronto alone 51 deaths were gun related with 424 shootings and 604 victims.

    Handguns are a problem but they are obviously criminal factions using them the guys are not running around with traceable legal handguns.

  6. Avatar George Psofimis says:

    You recently removed a couple of articles debunking lies told by the police and politicians regarding firearms because it wasn’t “balanced”. Where is the other side of the argument in this article?

  7. Avatar Michael Carman says:

    I want to see some fairness and balance in articles like this. The 2.2 million-plus Canadian firearms community is the safest demographic in the land and you should print that. Does this new doctor’s group think their call for a firearm ban will have any bearing on the gangs doing the shootings with their illegal guns? No, it will clearly not. All they are doing is trying to hurt the responsible Canadian firearms community from coast to coast to coast. And that is utterly pathetic.

    By the way, how many doctor’s are in this lobby group? Many doctor’s in Canada are firearms enthusiast.

  8. Wrong. Guns do not pose a public health risk, violent criminals do. These lobby doctors are using their credentials to push forward an erroneous political position on private firearms ownership. They are also cherry picking a start off year (2013) which was a statistical anomaly. This is disgraceful. Gun owners will also be represented at the Senate committee hearings by the CCFR. If these doctors really want to make a positive difference they would support us in pressuring the government, at all levels, for solid policy on fighting violent crime.