As the Tweets continued to roll in, some Canadians began to feel sorry for Wawra. In a letter to the Calgary Herald Garth Klatt wrote about Calgarians tendency “to engage strangers in a big of chit-chat.” He continued:
Perhaps when Wawra returns to Calgary, he will have learned more about us and decide to ease up on his excessive wariness, the way some of our out-of-province Canadian friends have done. In the meantime, a few of us might want to get a grip on our bigotry.
With only one side of the story coming forward to give an account, we may never know just what happened in Nose Hill Park. What we do know is that two young men are probably feeling very relieved Mr. Wawra was not allowed to carry a gun while in Canada.
Sadly, Officer Wawra reminds me of a police officer I knew while growing up in southern Idaho. He was full of fun and a great pal to his children and those of us who were their friends. That gradually changed. After years of dealing with society’s underbelly, he became hardened and cynical. He saw danger everywhere.
Perhaps that has happened to the Kalamazoo police officer.
As for Americans and guns, Kenneth Blaha from Hudson, New Hampshire, said this in his letter to the Calgary Herald:
I write to assure the people of Calgary and Alberta that not all Americans are paranoid gun toters. I had the privilege of visiting Cold Lake on business last year and was made to feel so at home by the fine people that I joined in wearing a poppy on Remembrance Day.
Please don’t let one man’s frightened rant paint every-one in my country. Thank you for being such fine hosts during my stay.
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