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