Soft-hearted People Scarred Forever

Dear Editor,

Familiarity breeds contempt. In the case before the courts, regarding the murder of 22 innocent victims in Nova Scotia, familiarity is one of many reasons for the events of April 18-19, 2020. In a weird twist of fate, RCMP commissioner’s last name is Lucki. The RCMP is offering an apology. Small comfort for those left to grieve the loss of their loved ones.

That the shooter had a history of violent behaviour is no secret. According to an uncle, the shooter had threatened to kill his own parents several years ago over a property dispute. Prior to the night of the shootings, the police had been called at least 10 times to his residence.

Was it possible that the police were so used to his bizarre, violent behaviour that they wrote him off as just another “nut case”? If so, this begs another question. How responsible are those in authority, who are aware of a problem? Should certain steps be taken to prevent similar tragedies? I cannot answer these questions. However, it will take more than an apology from those in authority to heal this wound.

Especially poignant is the bereaved father of a very young child, who lost his pregnant wife on that fateful day. He will probably never have the answers he’s looking for.

Nova Scotia (I worked there for several months), a province blessed with natural beauty and soft-hearted people, now scarred forever.

With respect,

D. Ruth Jewell

Three Hills, Ab