The events at Fort McMurray were tragic. There is no debate there. The heroic efforts on the part of firefighters and first responders cannot be debated. The selfless way the residents of Ft Mac, and Albertans in general have handled this crisis is not up for debate. But when rumors of gun seizures came to life on social media, a debate started raging.
I would like to interject some reason concerning these gun seizure reports.
While it is true that a few guns have been taken by police, we do need to know, for certain, what the circumstances were when these guns were taken. These details are critical.
The question of seizures was raised at a Wildfire Evacuee Tele-Town Hall meeting on May 10. (Audio at the 36:15 mark.) It would seem at this point that the RCMP are following the official provincial statements.
Are these seizure instances targeted? If so, these instances must be properly documented to determine if that was the case.
There is a lot of scepticism of the RCMP because of the broken trust caused by the High River incident.
I would urge people to carefully document any incidents with times, dates, what was taken, touched or moved. Take lots of pictures.
We need evidence of wrong-doing that would stand up in a courtroom.
As well, contact media with any proven incidents. Get the information out there.
To keep High River from happening again, we must pay the price of vigilance. No debate.
Watch carefully, and make sure everyone knows we are watching.