Public Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility


~Benjamin Franklin~  “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” 

This evening I watched “Guns”, a CBC miniseries that deals with gun violence on the streets of Toronto.  I’m not going to go into the merits of the show, which was rather one-dimensional to say the least.  The reason I bring it up, is because it really drove home a point for me.  The show starts off with a shooting on a busy street which results in innocent people being hurt.  For the next three hours the predominant message from the victims is “Someone needs to do something about all the guns” and “They need to stop this gun violence”.

Leaving the gun politics alone, I’d like you to please read those two sentences again and really let them sink in.

  • Someone needs to do something
  • They need to stop this

We hear those lines all the time, every day, in almost every single newscast.  A victim or a family member is interviewed after some crime, and it’s always the same, “Someone needs to do something.” 

How did our country get to this point?  When was it that people gave up responsibility for their own safety and well-being?  When did we, as a nation, decide to entrust our very lives to someone and they?  And who exactly are the elusive someone and they?

Well I have a newsflash.  Someone is you.  Someone is me.  They is each and every one of us.  The police can’t be everywhere at once, nor should they be expected to be.  It is not their job to protect us.  It is their job to maintain order, and they do that by attempting to catch criminals after a crime has been committed.  

I remember when I was a little girl, the message was simple: if someone tries to hurt you, fight back and hurt them more.  One of my earliest memories is of my Dad teaching me how and where to hit someone if they tried to abduct me. 

The message is very different today.  Submit.  Don’t anger your attacker.  Just give them what they want.  Be a good victim and call the police after the dust settles.

There is no doubt that submission is sometimes the best course of action.  But it shouldn’t be the only course of action.  Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms grants us the right to life, liberty and security of person.  Every human being has a very clear and unassailable right to self defense.  Unfortunately, years of left-wing governments have legislated away our ability to carry any of the tools that would help us to exercise that right.   Even carrying pepper spray for self defense is prohibited by law in Canada.

So where does that leave us?  We are now a society where only the criminals and police are armed and the citizens have been trained to meekly submit.  People seem to have forgotten that the role of government is to maintain public order.  Its role is not to act as nanny, providing for our every need and want with an endless progression of laws designed to protect us from ourselves.

Public safety begins with each and every one of us.  It is up to us to accept responsibility for our own lives, safety and well-being.  Rather than looking for the mysterious someone or they to blame or make things better, everyone should take a good long look in the mirror.  You are the only person on this earth who can keep yourself safe.  And the sooner the people of this country start to realize that, the safer our country will be.

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3 responses to “Public Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility

  1. I thought I’d rant on your Blog instead of mine today.

    One of the problems I see is that both the mainstream media (MSM) as well as law enforcement keep ramming this message home to us even though they do not necessarily represent left wing government. A behavior I find perplexing to be honest.

    Not only are we constantly being told to “let the professionals handle it” but when Canadians do act in their own self-defense they typically tend to have the book thrown at them. I don’t remember names this instant but look at the farmer near Edmonton who took a shot at a thief or the grocer in Toronto who apprehended a fleeing thief. Both face more charges than the actual thieves in question.

    Why would that be especially considering that the police is not actually on the hook if they don’t show up in time?

    I don’t think the police forces throughout Canada have any particular left wing agenda so why are they acting like the Liberal Party would if they were in power?

    Makes me wonder.

    Great blog, keep it up!!!

  2. Exactly! When did the RCMP suddenly become a political party? They’re starting to act like the Liberal Party’s gestapo.

    What was that Supreme Court ruling again? It stated that the police aren’t obligated or able to protect private citizens? I’ll have to try and dig that one up again…

  3. One more point, not related to the police, conventional “wisdom” also states that in the event of an emergency we should sit tight and wait for help.

    In the even of a crash landing maybe this makes sense but any other time it doesn’t.

    Numerous stories have surfaced over the last few years of the system not showing up on time.

    One of the stories was that in the events of 9/11 the loud speakers inside the towers were telling people to sit still and wait for help. In actuality those that decided to brave the smoke and fires and use the stairs got out whereas those who waited….

    I’m not happy about using that as an example other than to tell people “don’t trust the system”, think for yourself, make a plan, and act.

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