An American police officer vacationing in Canada wrote a letter to the Calgary Herald detailing an "aggressive" confrontation with some locals. Apparently, two young men approached the man and his family and asked if they'd seen the Calgary Stampede - a local tourist attraction. The officer wrote that he wished he'd been legally allowed to brandish a gun at the unwarranted display of welcoming.
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The man wrote to the Calgary Herald that although he knew the strict gun laws in Canada, he thought the young ruffians might pull one on him:
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 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.
Canadians were so baffled by the letter that the Herald had to issue a statement confirming that it was real. People began tweeting about it with the (almost defiantly polite) hashtag #NoseHillGentleman. Gawker reported on the story and referred to the man as the "laughingstock of Canada."
The Community responds:
OlBlue: "Okay, NOW President Obama can apologize for America."
maasanova: "He was a cop. They are trained to be paranoid and that there are no solutions to confrontations besides the use of force with an assortment of deadly weapons, including batons, tasers and pistols.
I'm pretty sure that this is not the normal mindframe of the average American."
HarukoHaruhara: "Canadians definitely do NOT want armed Americans traipsing around their country.
If there's anything Canadians look down on when it comes to Americans, it's America's love of guns."
cw9000: "what a dumbass!!!"
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