ABOUT THE PLEDGE
Pledge to Improve Public Safety Through Gun Reform
Danforth Families for Safe Communities (DFSC) and our Pledge Partners are concerned with the increasing level of gun violence in Canada (Pledge Partners), are calling on our elected officials, and candidates in the upcoming Federal election, to address this issue. Our safety compared to other nations in the OECD shows that we can do better for our country.
We have created a pledge that Municipal and Provincial elected officials, as well as candidates running in the Federal election, can sign so that citizens across the country will know where these officials or candidates stand regarding gun policy and its impact on public safety.
This pledge does not ask anyone to be “anti-gun"; instead, we are asking that measures be taken to reduce the risk that has come from the growth of legal and illegal firearm access in Canada. The pledge covers six points because one measure alone will not address the issue we are facing. We can expect more of our elected representatives on this issue and urge all Canadians to demand that their government supports this pledge.
To make the pledge
To see if your candidate/official
has pledged support
To download the pledge as a pdf (English)
To download the pledge as a pdf (French)
OUR PLEDGE PARTNERS
Coalition For Gun Control
Founded in the wake of the Montreal Massacre in 1989, the Coalition for Gun Control was formed to support strategies to reduce gun death, injury and crime. For almost 30 years, the Coalition for Gun Control has been working to make Canada safer and is supported by more than 200 health, crime prevention, victims, public safety, women’s and community organizations from across Canada.
PolySeSouvient | PolyRemembers
Following the massacre of December 6, 1989, École Polytechnique students launched an extensive petition to obtain better control of weapons, which led to the passage of two bills: C17 in December 1991 and C68 in December 1995. This latter legislation includes a possession permit system and the registration of all firearms. In an effort to counter the influence of the gun lobby and to prevent the weakening of firearms controls, students and graduates of Polytechnique have regrouped again to argue that all firearms are dangerous, and that a framework of access, possession and the type of weapons available is necessary to minimize gun deaths and injuries.
Canadian Doctors For Protection from Guns
Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns (CDPG) is a grassroots organization concerned about the increasing public health impact of firearms. We represent physicians working in collaboration with nurses, paramedics, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists, researchers and other front-line health care professionals. We have all witnessed first-hand the emotional and physical trauma and devastation caused by guns. CDPG calls for a comprehensive public policy response to this crisis in our communities, including preventative tools to reduce gun use and their consequences on youth violence, domestic abuse, and suicide.