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Firearm seizure a serious problem

Re: Ian McLean’s comment in the Feb. 26 Advocate (More to worry about in High River than the seizure of firearms)

He finds it OK for members of our national police force RCMP to break into homes in High River during the flood. I have not all the facts of this matter and as well I presume McLean lacks all the facts.

There are questions not answered.

Did the RCMP break into every flooded home? Did RCMP have a search warrant for homes they broke into? How many illegal firearms were found? How many firearms were found not properly stored?

RCMP should pay for all damage to homes they did to gain entry from their own budget.

I know I would be very upset if my home was entered by the RCMP without a search warrant. Are we to just accept the actions of the RCMP liken to the Brown Shirts of Germany in the 1930s?

It is the Americans’ choice on their gun controls, not Canada. It is the system of justice that fails to deal severely with gun crimes and drunk drivers.

I patrolled the flooded streets of West Kildonan with the police in Royal Canadian Navy boats to prevent any pilferage during the 1950 Winnipeg floods. No homes were forced open by the police and no homes were vandalized that I can recall.

The RCMP has enough problems with their image without adding unnecessary ventures inspired by non-thinking senior staff.

Fred Gifford

Red Deer



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