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    A Michigan police officer says he's not deterred by the negative reaction caused by his letter to a Calgary newspaper.
    Walt Wawra wrote in a letter to the Calgary Herald editor that he wished he had a gun on a recent trip to Calgary.
    The veteran officer said he was on a walk with his wife at Nose Hill Park when they were approached by two "aggressive" men.
    “They said to me: ‘Hey, have you been to the Stampede yet?’ And my wife and I both looked at him, and we ignored that first comment,” Wawra said.
    “They moved a little closer and they said a little louder: ‘Hey! Have you been to the Stampede yet?’ I believe I said in response: ‘Gentlemen, I don’t have need to talk to you about anything. Goodbye.’” cont
    Being asked a question about being to the stampede in a nature park, causes someone to wish that he was armed?
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    Re: 'Nose Hill Gentlemen' pro-gun letter sparks Twitter frenzy

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    Being asked a question about being to the stampede in a nature park, causes someone to wish that he was armed?
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    Being asked a question about being to the stampede in a nature park, causes someone to wish that he was armed?
    It would depend on the circumstances. According to the cop, the two young guys had an agressive manner, and blocked the walkway that he and his wife were taking, then got louder with their questioning. I don't know about you, but I'm a female in my 50's, and if two young guys approached me, blocked my path, and were persistent, I'd be pretty uncomfortable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It would depend on the circumstances. According to the cop, the two young guys had an agressive manner, and blocked the walkway that he and his wife were taking, then got louder with their questioning. I don't know about you, but I'm a female in my 50's, and if two young guys approached me, blocked my path, and were persistent, I'd be pretty uncomfortable.

    I know the park he was in, it is wide open. The path blocking was just the paved pathway, to either side would have been short grass, that anyone could have walked on if they wanted to get around. His path was not blocked.

    It also appears this was during the Calgary Stampede, so asking someone if they have been to the stampede is not going to be unsual. Calgary is generally a friendly city, and people will ask questions and even say hello when walking.

    If he was walking by the Calgary Drop In Center at night, then I could see the concern, but Nose Hill Park I cant. To me it appears he does not feel comfortable going anywhere without a gun
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    That made no sense . . . none of it made any sense to me. What were they talking about?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I know the park he was in, it is wide open. The path blocking was just the paved pathway, to either side would have been short grass, that anyone could have walked on if they wanted to get around. His path was not blocked.

    It also appears this was during the Calgary Stampede, so asking someone if they have been to the stampede is not going to be unsual. Calgary is generally a friendly city, and people will ask questions and even say hello when walking.

    If he was walking by the Calgary Drop In Center at night, then I could see the concern, but Nose Hill Park I cant. To me it appears he does not feel comfortable going anywhere without a gun
    Well, since I'm not familiar with the area, I'll have to take your word, but I would still be leary of two young male strangers making an advance toward me, uninvited.
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    Re: 'Nose Hill Gentlemen' pro-gun letter sparks Twitter frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    That made no sense . . . none of it made any sense to me. What were they talking about?
    The Stampede is like a very large county fair

    It involves a rodeo, rides, country western music, and lots of drinking for adults
    (stds and pregnancies increase during that time)

    The two young men were probably either drunk or on the way to becoming drunk, and from my experiences here, asking loudly as drunk people do, if the man and woman had been to the stampede
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    Re: 'Nose Hill Gentlemen' pro-gun letter sparks Twitter frenzy

    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tammerlain View Post
    I know the park he was in, it is wide open. The path blocking was just the paved pathway, to either side would have been short grass, that anyone could have walked on if they wanted to get around. His path was not blocked.

    It also appears this was during the Calgary Stampede, so asking someone if they have been to the stampede is not going to be unsual. Calgary is generally a friendly city, and people will ask questions and even say hello when walking.

    If he was walking by the Calgary Drop In Center at night, then I could see the concern, but Nose Hill Park I cant. To me it appears he does not feel comfortable going anywhere without a gun

    Your making all suppostiions based on air....first of all if hes retired hes not a very young man...hes with his wife who he needs to protect in a public park. Hes confronted by two young strangers asking a totally absurd meaningless question blocking his path...WHY? why would two strange youths approach and older couple in a park block their path and ask a meaningless question out of nowwhere...Its human instinct and GOOD SENSE to become very concerned for your welfare and your wifes. How did that man know they werent setting him up for an attack...He DIDNT...how did he know what their intent was...HE DID NOT KNOW....
    Next time your walking with your wife or girlfriend in an area strange to you...and someone comes up and gets in front of you and blocks your path and asks have you BEEN TO THE HOEDOWN yet....let me know if you dont get nervous...

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    Re: 'Nose Hill Gentlemen' pro-gun letter sparks Twitter frenzy

    Well the writer is supposedly a retired cop. Now some cops can spend most of their career away from the public in administrative positions but if this guy did any street time I am surprised the retired cop felt so threatened.

    I was with my wife in New Orleans when two young street hustlers came up trying their bit on us, I told them I wasn't interested, they blocked our way so I stood face to face with the taller one, looked him in the eye and told him to stand aside. We stared for a two count and it was over. So yes I have been there and done that, unarmed, and given New Orleans is a bit rougher than Calgary (which my wife went to for Halliburton and felt EXTREMELY safe walking around in unescorted but she is an Army vet so perhaps she is of sterner stuff than the retired cop) I'd say the cop is over whining the incident.

    The cop should have said something rather than ignore the two guys, simple civility there.

    Bottomline was no weapon was needed, now if the thugs had attacked them then the cop's whine about not being armed is valid, as it stands- nope. Two guys ask them twice if they have been to the Stampede, and rather than answer they acted like they didn't hear them.

    Weak whine, weak former cop, weak excuse to complain about Canada.

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    Re: 'Nose Hill Gentlemen' pro-gun letter sparks Twitter frenzy

    So - let me follow here:

    Where he lives- they're not allowed to own firearms.
    He was with his wife and whether or not we would have felt threatened in that situation aside - he felt threatened.
    He mused over twitter that perhaps it would have been nice to have been able to protect himself and his wife amid a potentially dangerous situation.

    I don't know - his desire to be able to protect self and spouse seems reasonable to me. . . controversial? No.
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