"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?'" writes Mr. Wawra in his letter to the editor
The 20-year veteran of the Kalamazoo, Michigan, police department, carries an "off-duty hand-gun" when in Michigan. But while visiting Calgary with his wife he found it strange not to be able to do so. Here is the rest of the encounter:
We ignored them. The two moved closer, repeating: "Hey, you been to the Stampede yet?"
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.