I have never considered myself an advocate or an activist, and I still don’t today, as I think I’m simply here to help serve others. BUT…. given the recent shooting of 5 RCMP Officers (3 of which were killed) in Moncton New Brunswick just days ago, and the ongoing struggle of our war veterans to get the health care and the benefits that they so desperately need, I find myself in a very raw state of mixed emotions and I can’t help but say something. I feel angry, frustrated, and grateful all at the same time. And I’m sickened by the fact that we can’t take care of the very people who we rely on to keep us safe day after day!!
Why is this so? I feel as though we’ve lost our value for human dignity and life, and I’m appalled by that thought. We send our men and women to war to protect us and/or to bring freedom to those who suffer under oppressive governments, dictators, and so on. They go willingly, often leaving their family, children, and other loved ones behind. Many die, and many come home with missing legs, arms, or eyes. And yet even if they return ‘intact’ on the outside many still struggle on the inside. So what do we do? We might put a medal on their chests, not that they don’t deserve it, but then sadly, in too many cases, the ‘process’ of determining if they ‘qualify’ for some form of aftercare begins. This is crazy! If we can pay for them to go to war, then SURELY we can take care of them if they come back wounded. John 15:13.
And then there’s the tragedy that just took place in Moncton; five RCMP Officers shot and three killed. WHY? Let me ask that again; WHY? For me those shootings took me back to when I was 14 years old and living in Warman, SK. That was when an RCMP Constable by the name of Brian King, who was stationed there, was jumped on a routine pullover of a vehicle, then hand cuffed and taken to the Queen City Power Station in Saskatoon where he was beaten up and shot 2 times in the back of the head, execution style. The people in town were devastated. Everyone knew him! He was so nice, so caring, and so respected. It was unthinkable that something like that could happen in our town. He too left behind a wife and children. As it turns out, years later when I was out living on my own, Gregory Fischer’s sister (Fischer was the shooter) had an apartment one floor above me. Though she had nothing to do with that horrific crime, sadly I could never speak to her.
So I can’t imagine what the families of the fallen Moncton Officers are going through after such a ‘monstrous’ act of violence. I hope and pray that we stand by these families who have given up so much for all of us. There will be anger and there will grieving. All I can say is we need to be there for them, and our government had better take care of them. Give them whatever they need to heal; counseling, financial support, whatever is needed. These men and women go out on patrol and watch over all of our neighborhoods regularly, and while we sleep at night, they don’t! They put their lives on the line for us time and time again. John 15:13
Let me finish with this. We don’t pay our police officers near enough for what they do, and we don’t take care of our veterans either! While our senators and politicians, who have the power to positively change the way things are, abuse their rather lavish entitlements and expense accounts; with the promise of a lucrative lifetime pension in the end. That may be an even greater crime!