Photo credit:  Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

Photo credit: Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

There has been a lot of news coverage of the flooding in Southern Alberta over the last week or so. The city of Calgary had to almost shut down for a couple of days & some towns south had to completely evacuate. One such town is High River.  High River has been evacuated for almost a full week now.

About 5 years ago, when I was looking for a new job, I interviewed for a job with the Town of High River.  It was about an hour south of Calgary, with about 12,000 people & was a pretty little town with a little bit of a view of the Rocky Mountains.  Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), I didn’t get the job so we didn’t move there.

The residents in High River are getting very antsy.  They have not been allowed to go back into the town to check their properties.  Although some of the water has receded, there are huge quantities of mud (in some places 4 feet deep) still occupying the town.  The RCMP (national police force) & the army (called in for help) are the only people who have been (legally) allowed to enter the town.  The residents are lining up at police blockades every day & the situation has become very volatile.  There have been a lot of shouting matches shown in the news & the residents have threatened to run the blockades.

The situation has been ramped up once again when it was reported in the Calgary Herald that the RCMP have been seizing resident’s guns from the evacuated homes & transporting them out of High River.  The RCMP’s position is they are removing the guns to a safe place until the owners can re-occupy their homes & look after the guns themselves.  It would be irresponsible to leave this many weapons unattended for any person to sneak in & arm themselves.  The residents view these seizures as just one more way their rights are being violated.

In this particular instance, I support the RCMP.  In Canada, our gun laws are quite strict.  Since I am not a fan of guns, I like our gun laws.  If people are in their homes & they have legal guns in their homes, I don’t see a problem with this.  But the people in High River have not been in their homes for almost a week.  There was no time to pack their guns & take them with them when they evacuated.  The evacuation was speedy & necessary to save lives.  These guns are just ripe for criminals to sneak in & help themselves to a whole lot of guns & ammunition!  The guns will be returned to the rightful owners when they can once again move back to town.  They just need to show proper documentation to prove the guns belong to them.

Photo credit:  Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

Photo credit: Jordan Verlage, The Canadian Press

What do you think about this?

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