An article showed up on my facebook news feed relating how armed citizens were told to leave a recruiting center because — get this — they might scare away potential recruits. My first thought was that anyone too frightened to walk into a recruiting center because an armed citizen is outside, ensuring the safety of those inside, perhaps that person may not be the best choice for someone to protect the rest of us.
There was much back and forth in the comments thread, most dealing with potential safety issues, and unknown competence of those ‘guarding’ the recruiters. However, one Canadian poster chastised a wussified U.S.
Here, with heartfelt thanks to the author for his permission, I present Shawn Puddester’s guest rant for the ages:
Shawn Puddester What the hell is going on with America! You guys used to be a powerhouse and now the world is pointing and laughing! Your pendulum has swung way too far to the left! Everyone is afraid to hurt someone’s feelings and while at war you are always apologizing for being there. In the meantime the public there are allowing this to affect mentality to dictate MAJOR policies. Imagine, having recruiting offices targeted and NOT allowing armed personnel because you may scare people away. Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of respect for the US. You are our biggest friend at war, commerce and for the most part belief system, but come on! Grow back your balls! We are not the best example north of the border but after we had a shooting at our war memorial and parliament we decided to ARM all guards in addition to our national police force. Plus Ottawa police stationed fully kitted members at the war memorial. It didn’t scare off one tourist. WAKE UP AMERICA! THE ENEMY HAS TAKEN THE BATTLE TO YOUR LAND, AND TO MY LAND! LET’S NOT LET THAT CONTINUE!
Thank you , Shawn, we needed that.
Dennis P. O’Neil