Written by guest blogger, Denise Brunsdon
I have been a spokesperson for the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control for many years now. Though working with the organization is immensely satisfying, there are days when it seems like the Harper Government is dismantling every aspect of gun control progress ever made.
But historians have a way of putting the contemporary cut and thrust of partisan politics in perspective. Legal history in particular reminds of the overall reduction in judicial and statutory sexism and racism. And this is why R. Blake Brown’s Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control In Canada is a calming and insightful read. It’s the kind of book that everyone in Canadian politics should read. I wrote the review in the hopes that it might encourage just a few more to learn about Canadian gun control from this wide lens.
Also, it was a dream of mine to publish with the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, even before I even went to law school. The CJWL is one of the country’s most prestigious law journals. To open up a copy and see my book review alongside book reviews by Canadian law giants Rosemary Cairns Way and Mary Jane Mossman is proof positive of the journal’s continued relevance and influence.
The material is as relevant as the authors. From gender in judicial appointments to Indigenous women’s self-determination to the masculinity of workplace grievances, the most recent CJWL issue faces today’s top legal topics.
Congratulations to my fellow authors and the Editorial Board on a courageous issue.