Jody Mitic is a city councilor in Ottawa, Canada. He’s also a former Canadian sniper — who lost both legs below the knee after a landmine explosion in Afghanistan — and a proud gun owner. So when Mr. Mitic took possession of a brace of SIG SAUER P320’s he posted a pic on his Twitter account [image after the jump]. In the PC paradise that is urban Canada, however, that’s a non-no. Especially as he tweeted his SIG fandom two days after Ottawa’s fifth homicide of 2016 [/sarc]. Ottawa Sun columnist Susan Sherring took the combat vet to task . . .
Just days after a shooting death on Jasmine Crescent, the third killing on that street in less than a year, Innes Coun. Jody Mitic was tweeting about buying guns.
Perhaps not the most sensitive of timing . . .
Ottawa Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry hadn’t seen the tweet either.
“But one thing I know for sure, more guns never make anything safer,” said El-Chantiry, also the councillor for West Carleton-March.
“To be honest, I always say there are (some things) you need to make sure you don’t post on social media. Sure you can tell from my attitude what I think. It’s like I always tell people — not to put on social media when you’re going away.
“I don’t want to say anything, not about him as a colleague,” El-Chantiry said.
And then there’s a big, long sigh.
“Even if he bought it, it doesn’t mean he has to announce it — makes him more of a target, so why would he?”
With five homicides already in this year alone, El-Chantiry is fighting far bigger battles that questionable tweets.
But in all honesty, it would help if his colleagues shared the load of the city’s fight.
Mr. Mitic is defended himself thusly [via cbc.ca, full interview in video above]:
Mitic said he is a responsible gun owner who stores his guns in a secure place at home.
“It wasn’t an advert. It was to the tweet for people who follow me on Twitter and Instagram,” he said.
“I’m not brandishing my weapons at anyone. I’m not walking down the street with them and shooting at anybody. I take them to the range where it’s legal and transport them in a legally locked case.”
He added that he was in the military for 20 years, and does not believe he should have to hide the fact that he is a gun owner.
“Guns to me are like a hammer to a carpenter. It’s a tool of the trade,” he said.
The “trade” in question being something other than self-defense, as that’s not sufficient reason for a Canadian to own a gun. Or two, even.