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'You been to the Stampede?': One man's quest for justice in pistol-poor Canada
Posted by Sean P. Young on Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Walt Wawra’s harrowing encounter with two Calgary thugs, retold in a letter published in the Calgary Herald, has nearly all the elements of a scene from a classic Charles Bronson flick.
It has a hero with a proud past: Wawra has been a police officer in Michigan for 20 years. It has dangerous villains: During a recent trip to Calgary, on a walk through Nose Hill Park, Wawra and his wife were accosted by two young men. These treacherous youth aggressively asked the couple from Kalamazoo, “You been to the Stampede yet?” not once, but twice.
The only thing missing was Wawra’s ability to administer lethal justice, or more importantly, his ability to throw out a cool tagline at these young punks as he stared down the sight of his off-duty hand-gun (Something like, “No, haven’t been to the Stampede yet. But, I’ve got a warm barrel for you rodeo clowns.”)
But due to Canada’s restrictive gun laws, Wawra had to leave his off-duty piece back in Michigan, and defuse the situation by getting between the perpetrators and his wife and saying, “Gentlemen, I have no need to talk with you, goodbye.” Wawra continues his tale:
"They looked bewildered, and we then walked past them.
"I speculate they did not have good intentions when they approached in such an aggressive, disrespectful and menacing manner. I thank the Lord Jesus Christ they did not pull a weapon of some sort, but rather concluded it was in their best interest to leave us alone."