Monday, January 30

Standing on guard

As a former border guard on the B.C./Washington State border (it's a popular student summer job in Canada), Steyn's take on this story hit close to home:

Like much of the European Union, we're so heavily invested in the idea that we've found a kinder, gentler way we can scarcely bear to contemplate the reality. At the Washington state/British Columbia border last week, two guys on the lam were hightailing it through Blaine heading for the 49th parallel with the cops in hot pursuit. Alerted to what was coming their way, Canada's (unarmed) border guards walked off the job. For a country whose national anthem lyrics are mostly endless reprises of the line "we stand on guard for thee," we could at least stand on guard.

In my day (1998), we did receive basic gun training (a day at the range and lessons in disarming most types of firearm), but we didn't actually carry guns. I don't think that it is necessary to arm all Canadian border guards, but having some armed guards at busy or high-risk crossings is just common sense.