Ever since fires forced evacuations in Fort McMurray, some wondered, are we going to see a repeat of High River where gun owners’ rights were infringed upon by the RCMP during a time when citizens were dealing with a devastating natural disaster?
The actions of the RCMP after the damaging floods caused further damage in the form of broken trust between police and the people they are supposed to serve.
No one is allowed into Fort Mac right now but we’re being told by police that no assault on civil liberties is happening this time and that there has been a decree from their unified command structure not to repeat what happened in High River.
They’ve even taken to Twitter to allay concerns about entering homes where inhabitants may have been forced to make a hasty retreat in order to stay safe. They’re restricting their activities to securing homes and dealing with property crimes, and not committing them.
If true, this is a victory for all those who fought to bring attention to and denounce the infringements that occurred in High River.
It’s a victory for gun owners and confirms, police can not, without a warrant, randomly enter your homes and seize your property.
When a natural disaster occurs like the flooding in High River or out of control wildfires in Fort Mac, the first question should always be, how do we make sure everyone’s safe. But the second question can’t be, “will my possessions be safe” because that could lead to a situation where people are reluctant to leave.
So far, it looks like things are going in the right direction but here at The Rebel, we’ll keep watching.