Canada has a big decision to make.
Today at least one gunman shot and killed a reservist guard and then got into the Canadian Parliament Building and shot off up to 30 rounds. Details are still sketchy but what is known is that terrorism (likely domestic) has reached Canada.
And now Canadians must decide how to respond.
The twitterverse is, of course, full of speculation that Canada will change forever – much as our southern neighbours have post 9/11. We will become more paranoid, more scared, more security conscious.
Maybe/maybe not. A few brave voices are standing up and pointing out that we have a choice.
One very respected journalist has suggested that, tomorrow, thousands of Canadians should gather on Parliament Hill and in the Parliament Buildings (to which we have open and public access) – unarmed and unafraid — to claim it, to protect it, and to say a giant fuck you to the people who did this.
This event was terrible. And for those of us in the capital region it has shaken us – our kids were win lockdown in their school all day and both my wife and I work in buildings that were locked down.
But we will recover… quickly. Like all things Canadian, our response can be reasoned, rationale, and moderate. I sure hope so!