Alberta is a very firearms-friendly province of Canada but not so its police force, the federal RCMP on contract.
“RCMP revealed Thursday that officers have seized a â€œsubstantial amountâ€ of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River.
We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are
People have a significant amount of money invested in firearms … so we put them in a place that we control and that theyâ€™re safe.”
When the Firearms Act was put in place the biggest fear of the firearms-owning community was that it was the foot in the door to widespread confiscation. Now the brilliant public servants of the RCMP have demonstrated that in reality. Further, “â€œWe have seized a large quantity of firearms simply because they were left by residents in their places,â€ said Topham.
The guns will be returned to owners after residents are allowed back in town and they provide proof of ownership, Topham added.”
The result of this will be that most of the prairie provinces will reject the idea of the RCMP serving as a provincial police force. Clearly, the RCMP being mostly populated by gun-haters from Ontario and Quebec which do have provincial police forces is an anachronism. Citizens want governments and police forces of the people and by the people. They should not assent to rule by foreign powers.
UPDATE The Prime Minister intervened, telling the RCMP to return the firearms ASAP.
I think the RCMP’s days are numbered. If you add this incident to all the political shenanigans in Quebec, frequent denials of civil rights of aboriginal people and protesters, sexual abuse within the ranks, phony support for the firearms act and wholesale seizures, the RCMP is running out of supporters.