Holly Langille stood in front of the crowd, reading a true story about gun violence in a rural town in Nova Scotia. The author of the story stood next to her.

“I heard my father yell as he slammed her against the wall, saying he had a loaded shotgun in his bedroom,” Lagille read.

“He said if we tried to leave, he would kill us, then himself.”

Luckily, this story did not have a tragic ending.

“Within a couple of minutes, the RCMP arrived and took control of the situation, seizing all my father’s hunting rifles.”

Langille was reading the story, interspersed between pro-gun-registry figures and speeches, at a rally held by Byrony House at Victoria Park yesterday.

She said in the political back-and-forth that has been the registry debate we may have lost touch with how gun violence affects its victims.

“It’s very easy to forget how the gun registry actually protects real Canadian women,” she said.

“I think the story I read today really highlights how the gun registry can be used to protect some of Canada’s most vulnerable citizens.”