2 dead in shooting attack at Canada’s Parliament
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday, and heavy gunfire then erupted inside Parliament. One gunman was killed, and police said they were hunting for as many as two others.
The attack immediately raised the specter of terrorism, with Canada already on alert because of a deadly hit-and-run earlier in the week against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor. SOURCE
Canada has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the *free world*, that is, if you can call a nation that all but BANS its citizens from owning or using firearms a FREE nation.
I don’t say this to denigrate the lives lost in the recent attacks but Canada is absolutely silly in their gun law applications.
About 16 years ago my wife and I were in Vancouver, B.C. on business and we were talking to one of the security guards on the site. He knew we were Americans and when he found out that we were also Texans the conversation turned to guns and his obvious envy of OUR freedom to own and use guns.
The young man we were talking to was a guard at a bank in downtown Vancouver and he was not carrying a firearm. He told us they weren’t allowed to carry firearms because of Canadian law and the restrictions involved.
I noticed that he had a *stun gun* on his belt, this was at a time before Tasers were in use, and I remarked that while it might not be much of a weapon at least he was allowed to carry a *stun gun*.
The poor kid was almost in tears as he motioned for me and my wife to step closer and when we did he whispered, “Sir, I’m a pretty good judge of character and I feel I can tell you this without endangering myself or my post; this isn’t even a real *stun gun*, it’s a block of wood that’s been carved and painted to LOOK like one in hopes of frightening off a bad guy that just doesn’t know any better…”
Make NO mistake about it, I feel terrible for the soldiers that have been killed, I doubt the soldiers that were run down with a car were armed and I have no idea if the soldiers standing guard at the Canadian War Memorial were armed, or possibly armed but with NO ammunition. That IS a possibility.
I have been told, by an unnamed source, one that is very familiar with military protocol in this assignment, that the rifles carried by OUR troops at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are for ceremonial purposes and that they are carried without the magazine. Continue reading