Unsafe Calgary OR Unsafe Tourist?
This letter was recently published in the Calgary Herald and became the immediate subject of social media ridicule. The letter, from Michigan tourist Walt Wawra, about two aggressive men, drew a response from Calgary Cultural Ambassador Jenn Lutz who said the two were giving out "free" Stampede passes. "Been to the Stampede yet?" has become somewhat of a meme.
HERE'S THE LETTER
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 allowed to protect himself if the need arises. The need arose in a theater 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, "Gentlemen, 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.
Some responses on Twitter took an hilarious tone: "A clerk at London drugs asked me if I was having a nice day. I think she might have wanted to stab me." Another said, "Awkward moment at the entrance to Tims, one of those 'no you go first' situations, wish I'd had a gun."
Others took a more serious tone wondering what if Wawra had been armed, could the situation have quickly become deadly. What do you think? Is this an unsafe tourist or is he making a valid point? He has since defended his letter and his stance. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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