Two feelings occur when something unexpected happens. First, confusion, and then fear creeps in.
Today, in my country’s capital, gunmen shot and and killed Sergeant at Arms Kevin Vickers. He was a soldier standing on guard responsible for safeguarding the authority of the House of Commons. The fact that this happened on Canadian soil blows my mind. Canadians think – this is what happens in the US, not here. It’s hard to digest and comprehend such a surprise.
How could this happen? How could people dare try to take away the sense of security that Canadians are known for? Shock and dismay. I’m not going to buy a gun or stop trusting people as a result, but it stings. We have to be brave and honour the sacrifice that was made today.
My heart goes out to everyone involved.