This column is an opinion by Heidi Rathjen, a graduate of École Polytechnique in Montreal and coordinator of Poly Remembers. She was in a close-by research room when a gunman killed 14 girls and injured 14 different folks on Dec. 6, 1989. For extra details about CBC’s Opinion part, please see the FAQ.
The trendy Canadian gun management motion can hint its roots again to the tragedy at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, and the times following the 1989 bloodbath when the engineering college students launched a nationwide petition calling for an entire ban on assault weapons.
Over the months after the taking pictures, I sat beside dozens of scholars in our cluttered boardroom, sustained by merchandising machine meals and low whereas we opened lots of of envelopes and counted hundreds of signatures late into the night time.
Altogether, we collected an astounding 560,000 signatures.
As we offered them to our elected officers, we have been assured that we had completed our job and that they might do theirs.
But right here we’re, 30 years later — the identical college students, all grown up with households of our personal, together with many with little kids attending our very personal beloved alma mater — nonetheless calling on the federal government to ban weapons which might be “principally designed as an instrument of battle” with “no sporting use both within the cultural or leisure sense,” because the Canadian Affiliation of Chiefs of Police describes them.