Doctors launch organization to fight for stronger gun laws in Canada
A .40 calibre handgun seized by Toronto police is seen. (Toronto Police Service)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 11, 2019 5:15PM EST
TORONTO - A group of doctors has launched a new organization to fight for stronger gun laws in Canada, arguing that gun violence is devastating their patients and communities.
Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns says gun violence should be treated as a public health issue in much the same way as road safety and smoking.
The advocacy group is made up of family doctors, emergency room physicians, trauma surgeons and psychiatrists.
They are advocating for a ban on handguns and assault weapons, saying gun violence is a public health crisis that must be addressed.
The group notes Statistics Canada reports a 42 per cent increase in firearm-related violent crime since 2013.
It says it will work with governments, health and legal stakeholders and other Canadians to address the issue.