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#1 MaraM

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Posted 25 September 2006 - 08:33 PM

Yesterday, our border crossing between Canada and the States was closed at Blaine. Why? Because the border had been warned that a armed and dangerous person may be heading towards the crossing - and for their own safety, the Canadian Border Crossing Guards left. (And who could blame them!).

While I don't own a gun - nor feel any need to own one - I think of Border Guards much like Police Officers. There are bad guys out there and with the very real threat to security, etc, how odd that we Canadians seem to feel our Guards should remain unarmed.

Does make me wonder about our own National Security - and I may even have to stop gritting my teeth when many American news stations keep maintaining that Canada offers little protection or prevention when it comes to the possibility that 'bad guys' enter the States through Canada. Sigh.

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#2 rowal5555

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    Just enough info to be armed & dangerous...


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Posted 26 September 2006 - 03:24 AM

Yes Mara. That does appear to be a bit 'head in the sand'. Where you have land borders, it would seem to be common sense to beef up your security as much as possible. The 'bad guys' are pretty sure to be armed.

Here in NZ where we are totally surrounded by ocean, no one openly carries arms but they are readily available to the police if an occasion calls for them.

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#3 MaraM

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 01:32 AM

Hi Rowal,

I actually wasn't even aware that Police in New Zealand didn't carry arms (sort of like England, I guess). Here, our Police do - and oddly enough, even our Transit Police (not actually Police Officers per se) carry guns now. So to have our poor Border Guards unarmed - eek!

Completely off topic here, but in ratio to population, very few Canadians have guns - except the gangs and other bad guys. So when our Federal Government put out an 'Amnesty' asking everyone to turn in guns, it may have sounded like a great idea but surely wasn't. The program literally cost millions to implement and even then only some of the good guys turned in their guns, of course. Still can't quite get my mind around the Government's theory/dream that the 'bad guys' would do it too - duh! Gentle sigh.
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Posted 27 September 2006 - 04:59 AM

Hi Mara.

Yes well, dreams are free. Does tend to make you wonder what the powers that be are thinking sometimes. Perhaps they are just looking for the best in us all - nice thought.

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