The Council of Trade Unions has provided a written submission to the parliamentary Select Committee in support of the proposed improvements to gun laws.
“As a nation we recognise that the Christchurch terrorist attack and the murders of 50 women, men and children has impacted on how much control we now need when it comes to guns,” CTU President Richard Wagstaff said.
“We support the need to act quickly to fix the law. The Government, and Prime Minister Arden, has shown what good leadership looks like by acting swiftly on this issue. We all need New Zealand to be a place of peace and freedom. Fixing the gun laws is certainly part of the solution.”
“Never again should our nation experience the horrific events of March 15th. The families and loved ones of those connected to the killings; their lives will be forever changed. The same is true of those who were doing their jobs in the aftermath, they also will be profoundly impacted. The paramedics, police, emergency responders, doctors, nurses, allied health workers, their lives have also been forever changed after working in such tragedy. Our Government has a responsibility to ensure that everything possible is done to ensure that no one else will ever have to experience what those working people experienced,” Wagstaff said.