Updates to my thoughts on the High River gun grab
I had previously published some softer thoughts on the flooding in Alberta and the High River gun grab. I still don’t want to make this into the usual cop-bashing “right to bear arms” rant, but I am more troubled by this than I was before.
What has changed in me?
Well first I want to say that we are allowed to change our minds, or even just allow our opinions to evolve somewhat. In fact, I encourage it. Not being open-minded and just sticking to your opinion because you’re afraid to keep looking at facts is just plain bad. This is what leads to bigotry.
I definitely feel more negative about this RCMP gun grab than I did in the past. Mostly because I have taken the CFSC & CRFSC – Canadian (Restricted) Firearms Safety Course. The rules surrounding firearm storage are exact and easily understood.
But where does my opinion now lie?
Either guns are stored in a legal manner, or they are stored in an illegal manner. End of story.
Any firearms found by the RCMP must have been non-restricted, since by definition restricted firearms must be stored locked away. There are only so many ways you can put long guns out of sight – and cops are pros at knowing these locations. Though it makes sense to do so with our more valuable and prized firearms, we are under no obligation to lock them into safes. It’s perfectly fine to throw a trigger lock on your 12 gauge and throw it under your bed; provided it isn’t loaded.
This is another example of bleeding-heart, anti-gun sentiment that I would expect to find anywhere else but Alberta. Also a good example of our accelerating police state.
I now want to say that I am against the actions of the RCMP with this High River gun grab. There may be some polite Canadian response about this being for the greater good and for their own protection, but there is now no doubt in my mind that this was an intrusion of private residences and a violation of private property.
But, as with any indiscretion and mistake, I hope that the perpetrators have learned their lessons and will now respect our rights.