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.
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.
People walk their dogs in parks all the time.....it doesn't mean ''for protection''.....that's making an assumption for walking a dog.
I didn't say the dog was for protection, I said the photo shows a (probably) woman walking with a dog in an isolated area. She is protected by the dog, even if it isn't a trained guard dog. People hesitate to attack someone with a dog.
If women regularly walk around in that big isolated area in Nose Hill Park without a dog or any kind of weapon, and they feel safe - that is some kind of paradise. Not true in any city I've lived in, and even in the small and relatively safe town where I live now, I would need to run for it if a pair of male strangers got in front of me, too close and acting aggressive.
Maybe remote & isolated areas in another country should be off the vacationer's agenda, & the original subject was about a man wanting his gun.
The man wanted his gun, in large part to protect his wife. There is a realistic danger to a woman in an isolated area, even if she has a man with her.
His depiction of the situation does seem threatening. Isolated area, two men approach, block their path, they are aggressive, don't go away when the couple is disinterested. For people to pile on and ridicule him is way off base.
And, if you as a woman are OK with staying out of wild open areas, that's OK for you. I am not OK with being barred from natural areas. If I avoid the threat of rape or a beating or a rape + beating, by staying out of the natural areas that I love, I have ALSO been beaten and raped - in a different way.
The ridicule of this man for wanting to protect his wife - seems so oblivious of the situation of women.
Also, the Stampede organizers said they were NOT sending people out to offer free tickets. That was only a rumor. Nobody knows what the two guys had in mind.
It's not about you & what you want to do or where you want to go.
It IS an outrage Patricia! I love your response to the idiot!
It's not enough to poison the US with ubiquitous guns. He travels to another country and bemoans not getting to poison them with the same culture of violence and guns.
It's pathetic. Gun in hand, someone can just shoot people who are awkward, obnoxious, drunk, unseemly, or, god forbid, black.
He should keep himself, and his guns, at home.
I work in a medical office. I can't tell you how many times people have threatened me with violence because I would not give them un-warranted narcotics, or fill out forms claiming disability because they felt entitled but were not, or wanted disability because their employers were obnoxious. Or wanted narcotics, or wanted narcotics. Or wanted narcotics. The pharmacy quit stocking most narcotics because they were repeatedly robbed - they have to be ordered ahead, on a one day turn around basis. I've been physically attacked at close range. And I'm a big guy. If those people carried guns, I would be dead. If I carried a gun, I would still be dead. Surprise attacks with a gun can not be defended with a gun. Proliferation of guns is not shown to improve safety. I've known a few people who were killed by guns.
Being a police officer is different from working in a medical office. He would have extensive training with guns. And if a police officer pulls out his gun or has his hand on it, that doesn't mean he's going to use it.
I don't necessarily think he should be allowed to carry a gun in Canada, but he's entitled to express his opinions and his feeling of threat.
A person who's a tourist and doesn't know the place, would feel more threatened too. He has no way of knowing if the park is safe or not.
It must be difficult in the workplace for you Sentient, but when a person is on vacation, or just strolling around any public area, keep a distance from people, especially if uncomfortable. We have lots of violence here due to a lot of the drug thing, but I go out of my way to keep myself away from all of it. As a senior female with some disabilities, I can't risk any confrontation. I have never felt threatened here in any way because I stay to myself, mind my business, & avoid the ''bad'' areas. It isn't that difficult. As for being on vacation, we don't stray too far from the accommodations & do the tour thing with others if we want to see anything. With my husband's bad heart we don't travel much, but we have to stay as safe as possible if we do go anywhere.
It's an old discontent for me that I can't as a woman be in an isolated natural area by myself, without being threatened. I used to spend time outdoors all by myself - but repeatedly I overheard men discussing whether to rape me. A guy did try to rape me once when I was out jogging - in an area I thought was safe, since I wandered all around there as a little girl.
Once I was wandering around with a boyfriend after dark, among grasses and shrubs, in a place I felt was safe. There was a guy lurking nearby, however. We got out of there quickly and to a lighted area. He followed us out, hiding his face when he got to the light by bending down and pretending to tie his shoes. Having a big guy around only helps some.
It got a lot better after I got a big dog, but I still tried to hide my camping spots and hide myself so that men wouldn't know I was alone. I can easily imagine an attack starting with a seemingly harmless question.
Then I got incredibly allergic to dogs ...
Patricia, those things don't happen much, maybe once a year. But if guns were added to the mix.... terrible. It would escalate the situation significantly.
I don't believe in getting into risky situations either. Bad things can still happen but I don't think there is any evidence that freely available guns reduce crime or improve safety.