Advocates say ‘assault-style’ firearms ban a good first step in larger battle

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Gun lobbyists furious about ban, saying it misses mark if it’s intended to protect women from violence. When the federal government unveiled its ban on 1,500 kinds of “assault-style” firearms on Friday, it was billed as an important move to reduce violence against women. “On average, one woman dies of domestic violence in Canada every three days,” said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, who drew links between assault weapons and gender violence. “These guns make it easier to commit mass murder. The culture around their fetishization makes our country inherently more dangerous for the most vulnerable: women and girls. It is unacceptable in 2020 that gender is still a factor in how safe you feel.”