This has to be the most ridiculous thing I have ever read.
Walt Wawra Feels Unsafe in Canada Without Gun, Writes Letter To The Editor
Walt Wawra, a U.S. police officer, is encountering ridicule online after writing a letter lamenting not having his gun during a visit to Calgary.
In a message to the Calgary Herald, Wawra, of Kalamazoo, Mich., describes what he felt was a dangerous confrontation with two men in Calgary's Nose Hill Park — for which he wished he had had his firearm.
Walking with his wife, the men approached Wawra and asked if the couple had been to the Stampede. After receiving no response, they asked Wawra again. He told them "Gentle-men, I have no need to talk with you, goodbye." The men looked "bewildered," he writes in the letter and likely had bad intentions indicated by their "aggressive, disrespectful and menacing manner."
While small talk is still legal in Canada, tourists aren't allowed to bring guns across the border.
Plenty of Canadians would argue that's because you don't need one and many readers found the story hard to believe, writing in to ask if it was a hoax. It's not.
Despite all the negative attention, including at least one threatening phone call to his home, Wawra told CBC he doesn't regret writing it.
The story has sparked the creation of a new Twitter hashtag, #NoseHillGentlemen. Gawker's headline captured the sentiments of most users: "American Becomes Laughing Stock of Canada."
The letter comes at a time when gun law debates are heating up across the U.S. and Canada, after shootings in Colorado, at Toronto's Eaton Centre and earlier this week at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Undoubtedly, Wawra's letter will become a part of that discussion.
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?" 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.
Read more: Nose Hill Park confrontation makes visitors feel unsafe
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I really wished you hadn't posted that
Fortunately I was shutting down anyway....
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Russ hijacked my acct
Looks like it
I mean Bob's your uncle............
I would have thought this thread had more legs?
It's all about formatting.
Raving. Loony.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.
Take me down to the paranormal city where the girls are green and they have three titties...
Oh, won't you please take me home?
Maybe we should steal from SZ and open a Guess the Poster Thread.
Just a thought.............................