This is a horrendous time for the RCMP and the small city of Moncton, New Brunswick. Moncton is a sleepy city and not a place where you expect three RCMP officers to be gunned down. Sadly, we are not so surprised to hear that kind of horrendous news from our neighbours to the south but it seems to be occurring more often here, too. I say this as a resident of Alberta where the nation was shocked when four Mounties were murdered near Mayerthorpe. No one thought it could happen again. You can blame the availability of firearms or the failure of gun control. You can blame many things but it comes to down to one reason. We are our brother's keeper. I don't know how it would be done but there has to be better help available for people who feel the alienation and isolation that the shooter must have felt. He changed in the last year and a half of his life and this is the way that his mental state fell through the cracks. No one could believe he had killed three Police Officers and wounded two others, because that was not the Justin they knew. His parents describe him as gentle and calm. Friends knew him as funny with a good sense of humour. He had had issues with authority and had lost a job as a result. Yet, at his age, who hasn't felt resentful of bosses, of others in society, even of parents? In retrospect, it can be said the signs were there if you wanted to look at them.
There is no answer. Others feel alienation and disrespect authority. They don't go on to take up arms and blow away the symbols of the state and society they no longer feel part of. Very disturbed people live among us and are not getting the help they urgently need. This shooting was a tragedy for everyone involved. No one will be the same again.
I've been writing on and off for years and this is where my more serious pieces will be.