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American Wanting to Pull His Gun on Canadians Becomes Twitter Joke

American Wanting to Pull His Gun on Canadians Becomes Twitter Joke
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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.

He continues:

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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11:40AM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

How come there are more than 70 people that think the cop should have had the right to pull a gun at the two men? Just overlook the fact that he was in another country than his own. If he misunderstood the situation and fired a gun and killed two persons that were completely innocent. Would he then be charged with a crime or hailed as a hero? That would probably be the latter if it had happened in the US, where shooting first and don't bother to ask any questions afterwards, are more common than you think. It's a sick world when people think that having a gun will save you from everyone you perceive to be a danger. If everyone had a gun, then noone would be left standing!

8:13PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

What a redneck! What scares me is the fact there are a lot of men in America similar to him.

3:34PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

DareToCare- thank you. You're right, while I have kept up somewhat w/this thread, I did miss your reply. IF you are correct, that this was in fact a couple of Canadians trying to be polite, then I agree. But living close by doesn't neccessarily mean that you are right- it doesn't mean in any way that you are NOT right either, of course... I do often see that many Care 2 articles leave many things out, however, & that's why I ask for more info before jumping to conclusions. And I do have a prob w/this title. It makes it sound as if some American wants to just go up & randomly start shooting innocent Candians. Doesn't sound like that was the case, but titles like these mislead people from the bginning.

In the end, I think writing a letter the way that he did, after the fact, when the situation did NOT (as far as I know) become volatile anyway, seems a bit over the top. I do know how some cops are- some, not all. Some are trigger-happy control freaks- takes all kinds. I aIso agree w/you that one does need to respect the laws of the country one is in. Of course, here in the US, people who visit/move here just try to change our laws to suit their needs. Kinda funny. But in the end, it sounds as if he did respect your laws b/c it sounds like he didn't have gun on him. He just wished to have that right. BUT, if your citizens can't carry guns, then neither should a visitor IMO...Another question here- was his feeling threatened more a result of cultural differences / mann

12:44PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

I am sure happy that we have gun laws in Canada, however there are gang activities that are related to shootings. I for one would like to see the sale of guns stopped altogether!!!! and bring in the Troops to clean up this gang activity!!!

12:37PM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

People and guns do not mix well. I am thankful for our gun laws in Canada.....however there certainly is gang activity with resulting shootings, and I for one would like to see this stopped, even if it means bringing the Troops to clean it up.

9:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

. In Canada it is against the law to shoot people for speaking to you. Period. Perhaps it is different in yours. He made an a$$ of himself and embarrassed a lot of citizens in his country with his kill first, ask questions later mentality

9:35AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Hi Robbie B - First I'd like to say that I agree with one of your conclusions as stated (but not for the same reasons) I understand that you more than likely did not get to read previous comments since Care2 doesn't seem to show them once a topic gets past a certain number of posts- that being said I will state once more (for your benefit) that since I live just outside Calgary, we were privy to more information regarding this than others perhaps. Sometime the authors of these pieces DO get their info right. In this case I believe that they did. A paranoid, gun happy police officer from another country came into mine and felt threatened by an innocuous question - a common one during the Stampede - "Have you been to the Stampede yet?" Two young men had the "nerve" to ask him that - not just once, but twice!!!! Then he was foolish enough to write a letter complaining about not having his gun. What do we think might have happened if Mr Macho had been armed I wonder? Two dead young men maybe? Unacceptable. Even he stated in his outrageous letter to a local paper, that the two young men looked dumfounded by his hostile reaction. So yes, I agree with your comment: "I(f) you're willing to attack someone, aside from self-defense, then you probably deserve to be shot." This “naked without his gun” vigilante probably did deserve to get shot – fortunately for him, he wasn't. When one visits a foreign country, one needs to respect the laws of said country. In Canada it is

1:06AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

"I'd much rather get into the odd fight with some jackass than have a 4 to 8 times higher chance of being killed by a firearm like in the states."

Sorta depends on how far the "jackass(es)" took that fight now doesn't it? Sure, if you came out on top, no prob, but the fact is, no one should even have to take so much as one punch by a violent individual. I you're willing to attack someone, aside from self-defense, then you probably deserve to be shot. We don't need violent people here on earth willing to attack people or even try to strong-arm / intimidate. The more of those types who are disposed of, the better this world will be. In this case, no one here really knows what happened (nor do I) but everyone's quick to jump to conclusions. I'm glad those conclusion jumpers don't believe in guns b/c they certainly aren't mature enough to use them safely. This cop may have been in a VERY tense situation. He may not have. But just b/c a Care 2 article says something like this doesn't mean it was such an innocent situation...

6:25AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

It's Canada numbnuts.

The most likely worst that could have happened was getting into a little scrap.

I'd much rather get into the odd fight with some jackass than have a 4 to 8 times higher chance of being killed by a firearm like in the states.

If you don't like it here,
then stay home.

6:31PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Guns and people - recipe for disaster - mental illness is rising , drug abuse rising , depression rising - I suspect cops and veterans have higher rates of mental illness and suffer very badly.

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