I recently visited Calgary from Michigan. As a police officer for 20
years, it feels strange not to carry my off-duty hand-gun. Many would
say I have no need to carry one in Canada.Yet the police cannot
protect everyone all the time. A man should be al-lowed to protect
himself if the need arises. The need arose in a theatre in Aurora,
Colo., as well as a college campus in Canada.Recently, while out
for a walk in Nose Hill Park, in broad daylight on a paved trail, two
young men approached my wife and me. The men stepped in front of us,
then said in a very aggressive tone: "Been to the Stampede yet?"Herald columnist Naomi Lakritz: Officer's comments reflect cultural divide between Canada, U.S.
We ignored them. The two moved closer, repeating: "Hey, you been to the Stampede yet?"
I quickly moved between these two and my wife, replying, "Gentle-men, I
have no need to talk with you, goodbye." They looked bewildered, and we
then walked past them.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.Walt Wawra, Kalamazoo, Mich.
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