posted on Jun, 29 2013 @ 06:46 AM
If a hundred thousand dollars in firearms were lost to the RCMP in this flood, how much life and property was lost due to the time and effort put into
securing the firearms? Millions maybe?
It just goes to show that common sense is almost always lost in the formalities of government organization. I'm sure that the reasoning seemed to
make sense to those searching the homes. The thought that they were looting homes and violating peoples personal property likely didn't occur to the
guys doing it.
I find it hard to believe that the people in a small town of 13,000 in Canada were not capable of doing a better job protecting themselves and their
property from the flood waters. The efforts to protect the elderly, animals and last stragglers should have been a joint effort of the citizens as
well as the RCMP.
When I was a child in Oklahoma, our town flooded and my father was out in his duck hunting boat rescuing people off of their roofs right along with
the fire department. Any help was welcomed. Here in Long Island, after hurricane Sandy last year, the majority of support through the weeks of Marshal
law and lack of electricity and plumbing came from the people themselves and their neighbors. People secured the safety of their families and then
spent weeks securing it for other elements in their community. It was a jointed community effort and it worked well.
If anything comes out of this it should be the realization that our livelihood should first be the responsibility of ourselves, then our neighbors and
then it should be backed up and helped out by the government or law enforcement agencies that WE put in place to be a last measure.
Evacuation orders are not an end all measure. They should be heeded by those incapable and unwilling to take the risk of protecting their own
property. Those who ARE capable will take measures to protect their families and neighbors property that are not able to do so themselves. The various
agencies that come to support them are strangers to the community and cannot be relied on. If left alone to make decisions about protecting the
property or people left behind, they will almost surely neglect to address some of the most important elements.
Although the gun issue is taking front stage now, in the end, I imagine it will be one of the smaller issues that were neglected in the whole process
here. Going through peoples homes and looking for weapons is a huge waste of time. What kinds of things were neglected while they were doing this? It
is an irresponsible and dangerous waste of time as well as a huge mismanagement of money and resources. How much money was spent paying for this
illegal search and seizure? Who is going to pay for it? The same people who are going to pay hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars getting their
firearms back? What about little granny down the road that drowned while waiting for help, meanwhile the RCMP were rummaging through Ralph's hunting
gear? How many animals and pets were left behind in the very same homes that the guns were taken out of?
People,.. do the right thing. Let the weapons go, it is not the big issue here. The guys doing the deed knew not what they were doing. Take this
opportunity to build some common sense, accountability and strict regulation into the RCMP and other government run organizations. Be accountable for
what these organizations do with your money and resources, and how they prioritize their actions. Let them know that they are here to back you up, not
run the show. Take the responsibility back and carry the burden yourselves.