Thursday, 23 October 2014
The Day After
Chaos reigned in downtown Ottawa as the city was locked down and authorities hunted for another possible shooter and/or the driver of the car that the gunman had used. As of this time, he hasn't been found.
All of the government officials have made comments on the matter but Elizabeth May, the leader of the Green Party, said it best:
"So, while it is too early to jump to conclusions, I intend to hold fast to the following: we must ensure that this appalling act of violence is not used to justify a disproportionate response. We must not resort to hyperbolic rhetoric. We need to determine if these actions are coordinated to any larger group or are the actions of one or two deranged individuals. If it is the latter, we must develop tools and a systematic approach to dissuade our youth from being attracted to violent extremist groups of any kind. We need to protect our rights and liberties in a democracy.
"We do know that through history these kinds of events open the door to a loss of democracy. [...] The shootings on Parliament Hill do not change everything. It is up to all of us to ensure that, to the extent we encounter demands for change, we keep in the forefront of our minds that once we surrender any rights it is very difficult to restore them. Let's demand answers, sensible policies, and proportionate responses."
Also, too many people have put up pictures of the shooter. I feel sorry for his family, too, but if you are going to remember the dead, repeat the names of the victims and show their pictures. These are the people whose images and names should be enshrined in our memories.