This was a letter to the editor of the Calgary Herald:
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.
Now that I am done laughing my ass off, I am shaking my head with shame. I found out that the Stampede is a big-ass festival/rodeo/outdoor extravaganza that over half a million people attend in Calgary. Apparently, everywhere you go during that time, people ask you if you’ve been to the Stampede yet. He has inspired the #NoseHillGentlemen hashtag on Twitter, where people poke fun at him and generally ridicule our worshipful love of guns. Thanks for making us look stupid, Walt Wawra. It’s not like we need any help in that department. The fact that you walked away from the “confrontation” shows you had no need for a gun. And the stupid jerk compares this incident to the Aurora shooting. JACKASS!