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Learning from Past Crimes in Canada

January 2, 2013

This came from a reader named Len.  I thought it was so good that I want to post it rather than have it buried as a comment.


Bob and Bonnie Dagenais

Len writes,

“Canada had gun control legislation since February, 1995.  In 2002, two retired school teachers, Bob and Bonnie Dagenais, were facing imminent death from marauding burglars in their Val des Monts cabin.  (Quebec, Canada)   Bonnie got on the phone to call the QPP (Québec Provincial Police) for help.  Do you see the problem here?  They had no firearms.  They had to call someone else to come help them when death was a few moments away.  They were shotgunned to death before police arrived.

In my experience, the mere sight of a defensive firearm would have stopped the assault.  That is what Wayne LaPierre and the NRA said last week; the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

“Bob Dagenais was shot dialing the police.  Bonnie dialed 911, the good guys with guns, but they were 30 minutes away.  She died with 911 on the phone and the murder was recorded by police.

“Surely with all the journalism professionals you have in the US, at least one should have the cognitive mien to get it.  The Canadian reporters didn’t report that the reason the Dagenais were calling the police to come save them was because the couple didn’t have the tools to save themselves.  Wouldn’t it have been better if they’d had a gun rather than a phone at their moment of extreme peril?

“When you call 911, you are calling for a gun.  If we’d leaned that lesson the first time, we would be saving lives today.”


Val des Monts Cabin

Here is something Len did not say.  For thirty years Len was the person people called for help, that “good guy with the gun”.  He was, and is, a peace officer, though now retired in British Columbia.  He knows he would have protected the Dagenias if he’d been there.  He knows they could have protected themselves if they were similarly armed and trained.  Imagine how a peace officer feels as time and again you arrive after the crime is committed.    No matter how many times you see a victim, a peace officer is silently screaming “Why didn’t you protect yourself!”


Dagenais Funeral

Thank you, Len.  Thank you, peace officers everywhere.  We need your voice now more than ever.  We need to learn from your experience because many of us have not yet learned to protect ourselves.

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