A Toronto trauma surgeon who advocates for more stringent gun control in the Great White North will be spared the indignity of being challenged on her views:
Ontario’s regulatory college for doctors has dismissed complaints lodged by members of a firearm advocacy group against a Toronto trauma surgeon advocating for tighter gun control.
Najma Ahmed, the physician at the centre of about 70 complaints lodged by gun advocates, said Wednesday the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario informed her it will not investigate the complaints.
The response from the college says a committee has determined the complaints are “frivolous” and “vexatious” and don’t warrant further investigation, she said.
Wait a minute. There’s a firearm advocacy group in Canada?
The Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) started a campaign last month encouraging members to file complaints about Dr. Ahmed with the CPSO, using the “stay in your lane” mantra in online posts — the same line the U.S. National Rifle Association has directed at doctors advocating for stricter gun control.
Dr. Ahmed has been singled out by the group since she helped found Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns, an advocacy group formed last month highlighting the public health implications of gun-related injuries and deaths. The group is calling for a handgun and assault-weapon ban, as well as other measures to reduce gun-related deaths and injuries.
“Last month”? CCFR speaks up:
On a warm summer evening in Toronto on the Danforth, people were enjoying the pleasantries of a July night out. Sipping lattes at cafes, doing some shopping, meeting with friends and family. The kind of sultry summer nights we thrive on in Ontario in contrast to the bitter cold of winter.
At around 10:00pm the quiet, subdued atmosphere was interrupted by the alarming sounds of gunfire. Complete chaos ensued with terrified citizens scrambling for safety, nobody fully aware of what was happening. The shooter wandered along the busy street, shooting randomly at strangers, wreaking havoc in the worst imaginable way. Something that usually resides only in the nightmares of Canadians.
At the end of the violence, more than a dozen people lay injured, two beautiful young girls dead, a whole country gripped in terror and grief.
At the same time, doctors and trauma staff at St. Michael’s Hospital and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre were pushed into a full code red, with victims being rushed into operating and emergency rooms. Dr. Najma Ahmed was one of these doctors, tasked with the daunting job of trying to save lives, an experience that is sure to have lasting impact on everyone involved.
This event, while tragic and awful, was a pivotal point in Dr. Ahmed’s personal advocacy pursuits. Keep in mind the perpetrator, Faisal Hussain was an unlicensed criminal in possession of illegal firearms, traced to a brother with gang ties and an alleged terrorist link. This violence was not the result of a licensed Canadian firearms owner, a sport shooter or hunter. However, born out of this traumatic experience Dr. Ahmed has embarked on a crusade to engage and lobby the federal government to table legislation to ban and confiscate the legally acquired firearms from sport shooters, the very people not responsible for the trauma experienced by her and other Torontonians that night.
It’s a shame that Canadians are beset by unlicensed criminals; down here in the States, our government is working on obtaining licenses for our criminals.