“A pro-gun lobby group in Quebec is looking for another spot to protest after being roundly condemned for planning a rally at the park commemorating the 14 women killed at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989,” ca.news.yahoo.com reports. “The rally planned for Dec. 2, just four days before the 28th anniversary of the shooting, aims to bring attention to what the lobby group calls ‘excessive firearm control.'” And boy did they get slammed for their choice of venue . . .
Nathalie Provost, who has been a prominent advocate for gun control since surviving the Polytechnique shooting, said earlier Tuesday the planned rally showed “a profound lack of respect for the families of victims.”
The Place du 6-décembre-1989, the Montreal park commemorating the 14 victims, has become a “place of peace and commemoration” for all victims of gun violence, said Provost, who was shot four times.
Observers have pointed to the massacre on Dec. 6, 1989, as a turning point in the history of gun control in Canada and the event that solidified Quebec’s more restrictive attitude toward guns.
‘Needless and cruel provocation,’ PM says
Politicians were quick to speak out against the planned protest. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said it showed a “lack of judgment” and “lack of respect towards the victims of this tragedy and all women victims of violence.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a “needless and cruel provocation.”
Oh and “After the pro-gun group announced it would change locations, counter-protesters created a poll on their event page to decide whether to hold their silent vigil [at the memorial] anyway.” So it’s OK for gun control advocates but not pro-gun groups?