Monday, March 07, 2005

Half Mast

Every airport flag I saw today was flying at half mast. I know that it's a gesture, just a piece of protocol, but it accurately reflects the public mourning for RCMP Constables Peter Schiemann, Anthony Gordon, Leo Johnston, Brock Myrol, all killed Thursday, doing their job. This is not a grow-op story, an automobile repossession story, a pedophile story or a gun registry story. It's a story about one completely unhinged individual operating outside the bounds of society and law.

In the months ahead this shocking event will be spun to support or oppose a number of political agendas. I hope that one of them is to improve whatever training, resources, or policies could have been in place to protect those four young men from a shooter whose own father termed "evil."

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