How dare this man come to my country as a tourist, & behave in that manner!!!!! Guns before questions is a lot of the damn problem with people, & frankly I'm bloody sick of it!!! Then he has to bring up his 'lawd jeezuzz cryst' in his letter as if that makes a difference to what wanted to do!!!!!
American police officer bemoans lack of guns in Canada
08/08/2012 1:01:00 PM
by Sameer Vasta
A police officer from Michigan was tempted to pull out his handgun after a seemingly-friendly encounter in a Calgary park. I, for one, am glad he wasn't allowed to have one with him.
Just ignore the guy. They like to go around and tell people what to do.
This guy is too gun-happy to be trusted, even in law enforcement, so hopefully he stays away from here.
I am liking Canada more and more and liking the US less and less.
Not that we don't have issues here, but the gun first BS is just not us, & we generally don't go to another's country as a visitor with that attitude either.
I was born in Calgary Mathew, but moved to BC when I was 3 years old & don't have much memory of the city.
I found this to be SO messed up when I read it.
The Canadians did not act in a threatening manner, they were unarmed, and they simply asked a friendly question. I have lived in Alberta (though I am an Ontario born-and-raised gal). The people there are so genuinely friendly and always talkative. I remember being quite confused when strangers would approach me while I was on a walk and just start chatting. It is not common here in ON, but I just found it refreshingly strange, not threatening.
How dare this visitor insist that because he has the right to be a douchebag in his own country, that we should allow such offensive behavior here!
I live in BC, but was born in Calgary, & have never seen anything like this from anyone, resident or tourist....ever..... cop or not!!! Pleasantries are exchanged here all the time & I have never been around anything which made me feel threatened. If something has made me a little uncomfortable, I change direction to avoid.....simple. I hope the border bars him from here should he ever try another.....visit!!!!
All these nuts in the US are gun crazy. It's the fucking NRA, who cooks their member numbers by the way, that cause all of this crap that over 90% of us americans DON'T want. Ninety % is the number of us that want stricter gun control. The lobbyist in DC, who work for the NRA, are dead set against it. Fucking politicans.
Horrible pun intended!
I think you should put yourself in Wawra's place a bit.
Wawra said the guys got in front of him, blocking his path, and got too close for comfort. In some places, this would likely be the start of a mugging or being surrounded by a gang.
I would feel threatened by that, as a woman going around alone. If it were in an isolated area I would feel very threatened and perhaps take off at a run.
I don't know about in Canada, but here in the USA people offering stuff don't normally block your path. And they would say they are offering free tickets, not "start a conversation".
Partly because people with benign intentions wouldn't want to seem possibly dangerous.
You don't know what those guys' intentions actually were. Nose Hill does look like an isolated area, I saw a picture of it.
As police officer, Wawra is probably often in dangerous situations, and he's developed split-second judgements about what is dangerous.
That doesn't mean he should be allowed to carry a gun in Canada, where he might act on his split-second judgements in a different culture.
But the Canadians who are mocking him for it, are ignoring both Wawra's probable background and the actual situation that they don't know.
The guy was on ''vacation'' in another country! If he's trained to react that quickly by grabbing for a gun first, then he doesn't belong here! The US is plenty big enough for him to ''vacation'' somewhere & he can keep his bloody precious gun!
However, you weren't there. He described the two guys as quite aggressive.
An attack could easily start by approaching someone with a seemingly harmless question, to disarm their suspicions.
Again, I'm not saying that he should be allowed to carry a gun in Canada - but rather that a lot of people are casting judgement when they weren't there.
Many women are raped in places where they feel safe. Just because people think of the park as a safe place doesn't mean an attack can't happen there.
ps I note the person in the picture of Nose Hill Park has a dog with them, so they are walking around with protection. A tourist likely wouldn't have a dog with them.