As you've probably heard four RCMP officers were killed yesterday near Mayerthorpe, an hour or so north-west of Edmonton. They were trying to serve warrants when they found a marijuana grow operation. A gun fight followed and all four died along with the criminal they were dealing with.
Naturally there is quite a bit of shock and grief. The officers were all juniors in their 20's and early 30's and there has not been such a great loss of officers in one incident since the late 1800's.
The nature of the tragedy will re-ignite a whole bunch of contentious political debates (law and order, marijuana legalization, gun registry, etc, etc) and soon you will start to see a whole punch of political spin. Even Stephen Harper is saying its too early to connect the horrific event with public policy. (Maybe he should call Art Hanger and tell him to stay off the radio for a while.)
Since my primary interest is politics & media I know this tragedy will create a lot of discussion and debate. I just don't think today is the right time.
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