Just Because It’s a Rodeo Does Not Mean There Has To Be a Shootout At The Corral.

An off duty cop named Walt Wawra from Kalamazoo (No, I didn’t make that name up) and his wife from Michigan are vacationing in Calgary. They’re walking through a park in Calgary in the daytime and are approached by two young men who ask if they’re going to the centennial celebration of the biggest event in the city. You know, the Calgary Stampede.

Wary Walt apparently panics, assumes they’re vile thugs and tells them rudely to go away. He then laments that he didn’t have a gun on him. You know, to defend himself from these obviously aggressive lunatics who DARED to menace he and his wife. (I’m not making this up, I swear!) He wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald, complaining about it:

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?”

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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.

The original letter is here, at the Calgary Herald.

It sounds like a hoax, right? The Calgary Herald assures us it is not.

My first impression is : ‘Dafuq?!?’ followed by ‘Bloody lucky thing Wistful Walt didn’t have a gun, or two young men might have needlessly died.’ Keep in mind this man is apparently a cop. If he’d been at home, instead of being a tourist, he’d have been packing. This is a man who makes snap judgements about people all the time. One who’s allowed to carry a gun. Yikes.

And here’s the kicker: The two aggressive men who accosted Whinging Walt and his wife were handing out free passes to the Stampede. No wonder they looked ‘bewildered’ at Worrying Walt’s strange reaction and general rudeness. I’m sure they had no way of knowing that if Wonderful Walt had had it his way, they’ve have been threatened with a handgun for their presumption to offer tourists free stuff! Honestly, the nerve of those guys.

I’m not the only one who thinks Wacky Walt from Kalamazoo is a nutter. There’s a hashtag on Twitter that’s devoted to his keen perceptive skills and excellent judgement called #NoseHillGentlemen.

As for Officer Wawra, it seems he’s wisely chosen to go into hiding and wait for the media storm to blow over. Good choice. A better choice would have been to do so BEFORE becoming a laughing stock.

As far as I’m concerned, this is the best argument for gun control that I’ve seen yet. We’re quite happy knowing only cops and crooks have guns in our country, Officer Wawra, if it means over-reacting gun happy folks like yourself do not. I feel safer already.

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