People have been having quite a laugh at the #NoseHillGentleman this week.
For those who don’t know, the #NoseHillGentleman is a concept from a letter to the editor in the Calgary Herald. The gentleman who is known as Officer Wawra from Kalamazoo Michigan was concerned about a conversation he and his family was about to have with some strangers. The strangers were asking him if he enjoyed the Calgary Stampede. He felt a little too aggressively. Turns out they were offering TICKETS to the Calgary Stampede. To the point that he was upset he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun in Calgary
Now while, I certainly do not agree with his approach and it is fair game to question Officer Wawra, I think it’s important to note that we do get stories in the main pages about people being attacked in different ways.
I was actually one of them. In the 1990’s, I did not have a key for the place I was staying. So I was walking around late at night when someone approached me asking for money. I didn’t have any and was chased down and attacked by this person. Fortunately, he only broke my nose before someone stopped it.
Yes, Calgary is generally a safe community, but let us not be naïve and assume something awful can’t happen. It can, when you least expect it.
So my question is, do you know what to do in case God-forbid, something scary happens? No, you should not carry a gun, but what are your plans in situations like this?
Because as much as we laugh at the #nosehillgentleman, his point about wanting to protect the ones he loves is legit. We all would want to do the same thing if we felt there was trouble.