While attending this year’s Remembrance Day Service at Kal Tire Place I was disappointed at seeing a member of the RCMP standing in the entrance armed with an assault rifle.
My 10-year-old grandson, who is very observant, asked why this was.
Trying to be as diplomatic as possible and so not to scare him, I gave him what I thought was a good explanation.
He replied that what I had said wasn’t right and it was because there could be a terrorist attack.
Assault rifles at public gatherings are not what Canada is about.
It’s an insult to the men and women who have served and died for this great country.
A slap in the face that their sacrifices and their families sacrifices have had no effect at bringing peace and stability for Canadians.
I served 35 years in the Canadian Forces and know that no one hates war and violence more than the men and women who fight and die for a cause they believe in.
A visible, heavily armed presence at any gathering in Canada is alarmist and sends the wrong message.
It lets the people that would do us harm think they are winning.
I respect the fact that the RCMP put their lives on the line to protect us, but leave the assault rifles locked up in the trunk of your squad cars.