Mark every kid I played with growing up in Canada played with toy guns before getting real ones. None of them have gone off the deep end! Islamic extremism, political extremism and mental health issues are not a result of toys.
I don't know anyone from my childhood who went on to buy a real gun. But then, Alberta is the Wild West of Canada and the province in which the worst massacre of Canadian police officers occurred back in 2005...coincidence?http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/200 ... 50303.html
I'll concede though that playing with toy guns doesn't necessarily turn someone into a trigger happy radical.
Mark I'm going to suggest if you keep posting this sort of insulting drivel that you best find a new playground to play in. Your making some rather large assumptions here son and your painting lots of people with a rather large paint brush.. Your leftist Quebec antigun mentality is showing.
Allow me to tell you a wee bit about my self so you know who your dealing with. I'm not a native of Western Canada. I was born in New Brunswick. I spent the early years of my life as a member a subsistence hunting trapping family in Ontario. The early years of my life if you didn't shoot it you didn't eat. If you didn't grow it you didn't eat. We were the water department the sewer department and the energy department. 5 months of the year there was no access to roads or trains. No stores no help nothing. You were responsible for you. If you didn't do it it didn't get done.
My father and most of the family served in the military. I bounced back and forth between military bases and the trap line in my early years. I got too learn the traditional life style living with the grandparents. But eventually I was to grow up living on military bases as my father got transferred province to province and country to country. He served 38 years in total including WW2. Actually from my grandfather down to myself we've racked up 236 years of military service.
To say that I'm a bush bunny with a military background and an interest in hunting and martial arts might be might be an accurate statement. I have lived in damn near every province in this nation. We have many unique cultures too bad you didn't get out more mark you might find out you live in a kick ass country full or great peoples and unique regions.
I've been tinkering with Uechi-ryu since the seventies, trained some judo, boxed, kick boxed, and explored impact and edged weapons. Started a BJJ club and a Uechi club in Banff. I have been active in IPSC and IDPA competition. Have competed in pistol, revolver and multigun/3 gun course of fire. I'm a certified range office. The crown invested vasts amount of tax dollars to teach me to handle firearms. It was good training, but I had already received most of the training from my family, when many children were playing with plastic ones I was already harvesting meat for the family.
Presently involved with a group that is in discussions in regards teaching tactical carbine courses with the police, their training is lacking! Also in discussions with another force concerning weapon retention training.
I'm sick of Ass hats from Quebec trying portray Albertan/westerners as red neck yahoos. Get you head out of your arse you got a point to say make it but do it without showing your prejudice or arrogance.
If I had not been born on the land or if I had not served I would have still be drawn to training with firearms it's part of the force continuum, a natural progression for a martial artist.. If your not comfortable escalating force then your just the next victim in waiting.
The police won't save your bacon you are responsible for you.
Mark you and I are very different, you don't know anyone who replaced his toy gun with a real one. I think by the time I was 8 i don't think I new a kid who didn't have both. I remember taking shot guns to school in NS so we could go rabbit hunting after school.
Your suggestion that Alberta is a gun totting community full of dangerous nut jobs because one criminal shot 4 offices is flawed! By the same logic, we should stop education folks in Quebec because the keep shooting dozens of students. Better get rid of government in Quebec too as I believe their was a mass shooting their too. Give your head a shake your brain is stuck in neutral.
Mark tell me about yourself all I know is you do Kyokushin, hate guns and westerners. Anything else you want to share?