Canada: Physicians support national long gun registry

Physicians in Canada spoke out in defence of the national gun registry this week, arguing that it is an important tool for preventing suicide. In a statement, Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians said, "For Canada's emergency physicians, the issue of gun control is not that of crime control but rather as suicide prevention. Overall, firearm-related suicides decreased by 43% since the introduction of stricter gun laws in 1991, and by 23% since the introduction of the Firearms Act in 1995".