Here's a great catch by Liberal Catnip (I added some links):
From Monday's Question Period:
Mr. Serge Ménard (Marc-Aurèle-Fortin, BQ): Mr. Speaker, Suzanne Laplante-Edward, mother of Anne-Marie Edward, who was killed when just 21 years old in the École Polytechnique massacre, deplores the fact that the Conservative government is perversely dismantling the firearms registry. By relaxing firearms controls, the Conservatives are attacking, and I quote, “the monument erected in memory of our young women.”
When will this government acknowledge that the firearms registry helps prevent violence against women?
Hon. Helena Guergis (Minister of State Status of Women, CPC): Mr. Speaker, any suggestion that any member in this House would not want to see an end to violence against women is not only wrong, it is hateful. The ineffective Liberal gun registry has done absolutely nothing to protect Canadians and it has done nothing to make Canadian women safer. The hon. member will know this if he looks deep inside himself.
Far be it from me to speculate whether M. Menard will go all zen and contemplate his innards, not to mention his hate-filled ways. But dang, that Guergis has a penchant for hyperbole, no?
In fact, commenter Hysperia captured that aspect of the minister very nicely over here. Don't miss it.
I guess Madame Laplante-Edward ought to know better than express concern over the scrapping of ''the ineffective Liberal gun registry.''
The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) is greatly concerned about the recent endorsement by the House of Commons of Bill C-391, which, if passed, would repeal the Long Gun Registry. As emergency physicians, we see the true horror of firearm injury and death and can attest to the fact that the long gun registry saves lives.
According to Statistics Canada, there were 818 firearm deaths in Canada in 2005. 72.5% (593) of these firearm deaths were suicides. This amounts to one person every 15 hours. Over 80% of these suicide deaths were due to long guns. Gun control saves lives. Since the gun control registry was introduced in 1995, firearm suicides have decreased by 35%.
Those opposed to long gun registration claim that there is a lack of criminal activity involving long guns. This is not true. Of firearm-related homicides in 2008 in Canada, 34% were by rifles or shotguns, 61% by handguns and 17% by prohibited firearms. Long guns were used in 72% of firearm-related spousal homicides. Between 1995 and 2004, there was a 36% decrease in the use of firearms in spousal homicides.
For many these may just be statistics. For emergency physicians these are real people whose demise by long gun bring tragedy to our emergency departments as we frantically try to save their lives. Families' lives are shattered in a moment, and despite doing this regularly, we can never get used to witnessing their anguish. Dr. Carolyn Snider, a CAEP member and lead author of the peer reviewed and published "CAEP Position Statement on Gun Control" says "We recognize that the great majority of gun owners in Canada are responsible citizens. The long gun registry is not about treating them as criminals; it is about protecting the vulnerable among us. The recent vote is appalling. We will witness the tragic consequences of this bill."
So who hates whom here?
Memo to Gun Nuts: There is no right to bear arms in Canada.
For a smoking takedown of the gun lobby propaganda, I cede this post to Jennifer. Brilliant.