Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ER Doctors urge MP's to keep Gun Registry


OTTAWA — Emergency-room doctors across Canada, who often treat victims of gunshot wounds, are asking MPs to keep the long-gun registry because they believe it will save lives.


The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians said Wednesday their personal experiences, backed up by scientific studies, show that the registry has spared victims of gun violence.


"As front-line physicians in emergency departments, we regularly witness the horrific injuries and deaths that result from firearms. Our membership has instructed CAEP to vigorously support efforts to reduce the tragic human toll associated with firearm misuse by opposing the repeal of the long-gun registry," said Dr. Carolyn Snider of the association's public affairs committee.


Snider said most patients coming to hospital with gunshot wounds are accompanied by police, who use the registry regularly to determine if the patient had a registered gun in the home. CAEP believes that registry will help to keep Canadians safe from injuries and death caused by long-gun use.

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