Canadians, please remember to be quiet and gentle with visiting Americans. If you are too outgoing and they’re gun owners who have managed to smuggle their firearms across the border, you might get a free ticket to the nearest graveyard.
At least that’s what visiting police officer Walt Wawra implies in his letter to the Calgary Herald. The Kalamazoo, Michigan, man has 20 years on the force. He knows danger when he sees it.
Two guys approached while he and his wife were wandering the grassy expanse of Calgary’s Nose Hill Park. In his letter Wawra says the men were aggressive, asking twice, “Been to the Stampede yet?” He placed himself between them and his wife. When he brushed them off, he says they looked bewildered.
I speculate they did not have good intentions when they approached in such an aggressive, disrespectful and menacing manner. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ they did not pull a weapon of some sort, but rather concluded it was in their best interest to leave us alone.
Would we not expect a uniformed officer to pull his or her weapon to intercede in a life-or-death encounter to protect self, or another? Why then should the expectation be lower for a citizen of Canada or a visitor? Wait, I know – it’s because in Canada, only the criminals and the police carry handguns.
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