Home Town Saskatchewan
Barry Kidd understands that you just can’t go around “shooting
people,” but he also knows that what is his, is his, and that he works
hard, and that people coming onto his farm in rural Saskatchewan and
looking to steal something — or worse — are people he is not about to
back down from.
“Most farmers are armed in the field,” Kidd says.
“It has always been that way for us — you don’t want a skunk to go
through your Combine since, when you ask a skunk to move, he won’t — so
for that reason we have always carried guns.
“But now that has
been added to something altogether different: We have guns. We carry
guns, and we want the criminals to know it.”
Around noon on Sept.
19, a farm labourer on a property near Fiske, a rural crossroads with an
old curling rink and even an older grain elevator, saw three men in the
road and a black SUV parked nearby. He slowed his vehicle. Drawing
closer, he realized the men were masked — and armed. One levelled a
pistol at the windshield of the truck, whereupon the labourer ducked and
barrelled toward the trio. No shots were fired, an RCMP manhunt ensued.
search ended without any arrests, but it has triggered a movement among
the province’s farmers to openly declare themselves armed and prepared
to protect what is their own...http://www.thestarphoenix.com/news/national/98we+have+guns+saskatchewan+farmers+take+arms+after+masked+enter/12230554/story.html