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Parliament Shooting In Canada

by James Denison / October 22, 2014 3:55 AM PDT

"Multiple gunmen stormed the Canadian Parliament complex Wednesday, shooting at least one soldier and spraying as many as 30 shots inside the government building in Ottawa in a brazen assault that left the nation's capital on virtual lockdown just two days after a terror attack in Quebec, officials said.

The shots rang out just before 10 a.m., and were quickly followed by reports of "several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa," according to a tweet from police. The shooting at the government complex came after witnesses said they saw two men jump out of a Toyota Corolla and run toward the National War Memorial, where one opened fire on a soldier, officials told the Ottawa Sun. The gunmen then ran to the Parliament building, where witnesses later said they saw one gunman down near the library. Bernard Trottier, a Toronto-area MP, tweeted that the gunman inside Centre Block "has been shot and killed." The other was reportedly being sought.

Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that Parliament's sergeant-at-arms, Kevin Vickers, shot one gunman dead."
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Some poisonous A-hole shot a reservist at the War Memorial
by Rob_Boyter / October 22, 2014 4:23 AM PDT

a large stone and bronze memorial of men from the First World War. He was killed. Then the gunman either grabbed a car or ran to the Capitol building, and ran in through the main doors which are usually wide open leading directly to a security area. There was a very significant exchange of fire and the gunman was killed. Boy, do the marble halls of Parliament reflect the sounds of gunfire. Quite an extensive exchange of gun fire. Two people injured.

The authorities are looking for a possible second suspect, though this all sounds very hazy. There is no confirmation that there were two gunmen.

First contact at 9:52 AM EST. The whole thing was over before 11:00 AM.Though the police are still searching for the possible other gun-man.

2 dead, a soldier from the Reserves, plus the gunman, and 2 mildly wounded.

The Quebec Assemblee Nationale was invaded some 12 or 13 years ago by a man armed with an automatic weapon AK-47, and several were killed and wounded. This is the only other incident of the same sort in Canadian history, though back in the 19th Century a Member of Parliament was shot dead on the street. (?Sir Charles Tupper?).


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is there a known link
by James Denison / October 22, 2014 5:03 AM PDT

between this guy and the one a couple days ago who ran down soldiers with a car and was shot and killed?

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(NT) None at all. It's just a coincidence.
by Rob_Boyter / October 23, 2014 9:51 AM PDT
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Still alot of talking on the US media but a surprisingly
by Rob_Boyter / October 23, 2014 9:49 AM PDT

smaller amout of discussion. The great thing is that the Sergeant of Arms, who wears an 18th Century uniform to open parliament, carrying the Mace of State, is the man who went to his office in his usual suit and chain of office, got his fire-arm and shot the intruder dead.

Otherwise the whole thing is that wonderful British poster from World War 2. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Despite some whacko running down a group of soldiers one of whom was killed, in Quebec around Mon or Tuesday, and then this homeless guy shot a soldier standing vigil over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, certainly from the First World War, and possibly one from the Second World War, and possibly from the Korean War (i.e. in a kilt) with arms reversed i.e. with the muzzle down and his hands folded on the butt of the rifle as an expression of respect and mourning.

The view up here is very calm and relaxed. There are Sikhs who wear a turban in parliament and carry the ceremonial (and dull) dagger. There are Muslims (and Pakistanis) in the House of Commons, and there are Hidus there too. Nobody cares, so long as they follow the laws and give proper representation to their constituents.

Canadians don't feel themselves to be at the focus of hatred by others, even ISIL, but if ISIL does attack Canadians, they will find the same strong military response that Canada has managed in every war it has fought. Obviously that doesn't mean we're headed to Syria or Iraq, but it doess mean they'll defend Canada, and won't either panic or talk about the issue perpetually. Keep Calm and Carry On.

Oh, yeah. Carry On is the motto of the Toronto Scottish Regiment, for whom you should have some sympathy. The wear what is called Hodden Grey. That is a great example of colourblindness among Scots. It's a subdued pink, but it is unequivocally pink. No, Tartan, just one colour. It actually looks pretty good after you get used to it.


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RE: There are Sikhs who wear a turban in parliament
by JP Bill / October 23, 2014 12:06 PM PDT

That's right, when Harper was giving his speech this morning...there was one sitting a few seats over in the background.

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Didn't know they could still carry the dagger,
by drpruner / October 24, 2014 4:38 AM PDT

even dulled. Not from fear of them, but fear of the wackos, who need so little encouragement.

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I have to tell you, US coverage of the shooting in Ottawa
by Rob_Boyter / October 23, 2014 12:24 PM PDT

has been far more extensive and repetetive and borderline hysterical than it has been here. The attitude has been that it is just a sad incident but has no meaning beyond a single incident. Even mass shootings of which there have been very very few do not excite a feeding frenzy here. The news tries to base everything on what is known for certain, not on what is rumoured, or is being shovelled out by some "official".

A deeply moving cartoon appeared today. It shows the bronze figures of the monument reaching out to the guard on the ground while one of those broze figures attempts to give first aid. All you can see of the soldier himself are his bare knees and his "hose" i.e. the special Tartan hose of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. It is so sad, and so respectful and so low key as to be about as Canadian a response as it is possible to imagine. No sense of revenge or anger, just of soldiers taking care of one of their own, whether they're statues or not.

The incident involved only one person who was a borderline personality and homeless.


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Some further information about Zehaf-Bibeau
by Rob_Boyter / October 23, 2014 3:32 PM PDT
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Somehow you expect more from a Head of State
by Rob_Boyter / October 24, 2014 4:38 AM PDT
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