Stronger gun control laws in Canada is being called for by a group of doctors and other health-care workers who held rallies across the country Wednesday.
The group is campaigning for a national ban on private ownership of handguns and assault rifles.
The group opined that it considers gun control a public health issue, and that physicians have a duty to speak out on issues that affect people’s safety.
According to the Canadian Press Dr. Suzanne Beno, a pediatric emergency specialist and co-director of the trauma program at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, said firearms legislation currently before the Senate — Bill C-71 — is a step in the right direction, but more action is needed.
“Bill C-71 is kind of an initial step. It certainly helps around tighter regulations,” Beno said. “But it’s really weapons that don’t really need to be in the hands of civilians that are out there. When you think about public health … one direct way to reduce this burden is simply to reduce the vector, and reduce the number of firearms that are in circulation,” he was quoted as saying.