Monday, January 19, 2015
I'm Sorry He's Not Going to Live But It's a Dangerous Job
One of the two RCMP officers shot in a casino in St. Albert, Alberta, is not expected to live. Constable David Wynn was shot in the head and doctors do not believe he will recover from his wound. It reminds us that policing in Canada can be a dangerous job. I suspect that's why we give them body armour, pistols, shotguns, tasers, pepper spray and such.
This being the Year of Our Harper, 2015, the usual suspects have wasted no time jumping on the idling hearse to demand "more protection" for Canada's police officers. RCMP Commish, Bob "I always get my Duffy" Paulson, questioned how the shooter, Shawn Rhen, was able to get his hands on a gun given his lifetime ban against owning one. Who knows? Maybe if we had a gun registry that might be a good place to start looking for answers. Of course the shooter probably just went into some seedy bar and bought the gun under the table.
More worrisome were the remarks from Captain Former, Kash Heed, the former chief of the West Vancouver police before he moved on to become British Columbia's former solicitor general, who said, “We need to outfit our police officers, give them the tactics, give them the training … to ensure they go home each and every day.”
They're pretty good at couching their remarks but what it seems they're after is something that might wind up looking like the Ferguson, Missouri goon squads. Do we want our cops strolling around with assault rifles? Will that make them safer? Will it make you safer?
Maybe if this government did a better job at gun control, putting some serious money into intelligence to locate, identify and recover guns circulating through the criminal ranks that would be a good start. We seem to be doing a good job at generously funding an intelligence operation to keep track of dissidents opposed to pipelines. Maybe we should take the considerable experience we have amassed on that project and put it to work in a crackdown on illegal firearms.
In the meantime, let's keep this in perspective. Cops die. It's an unfortunate reality in their job.