Action on handguns might help Trudeau unite voters

Action on handguns might help Trudeau unite voters

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director

At some point, usually early in our lives, we are wrenched from the artificial bang-bang gun violence of the movies, TV and gaming into the terrifying, permanent and traumatizing reality of gun violence in our societies.

Children today experience it via news of near-daily fatal shootings in the United States. Perhaps it first pierced their consciousness the day a killer snuffed out 51 lives at two New Zealand mosques last April. Or maybe it came more recently with the shootings of a young couple, Chynna Deese and Lucas Fowler, in northern B.C.

For me, it was the murder of 14 young women guilty of nothing more than studying engineering in Montreal’s École Polytechnique on a December night in 1989. Humans, erased, because an angry, aggressive person was able to obtain a gun.

For the rest of this piece, please view it on the Ottawa Citizen’s site, where it was initially published.