19 March 2019
The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) condemns the
horrific violence and senseless loss of life from the shootings at
two Christchurch mosques last Friday and fully supports the New
Zealand government's decision to strengthen the country's gun
John Batten, RACS President, says RACS recognises the
seriousness and frequency of trauma associated with firearms in New
Zealand and Australia.
"Many of our Fellows and Trainees are continuing to work
tirelessly at Christchurch Hospital and in Auckland with the people
injured and their families. Our thoughts are with the families and
friends of the people who have died and those who were injured in
Christchurch on Friday.
"Everything that can be done must be done to prevent an
atrocious event like this from ever happening again. We fully
support the New Zealand government's decision to take swift action
to introduce strict gun control. This must include the banning of
semi-automatic firearms. We also call for compulsory training,
education, the registration of firearms and not just the licensing
of gun owners.
"The introduction of strong gun laws in Australia, after an
equally tragic event at Port Arthur in 1996, has proven to be one
of Australia's most successful public health measures."
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