“We’re being attacked, Bonnie Devine thought as a brick shattered her living room window, only inches above the couch where she slept. It was just past 5AM on September 29, and luckily the brick-throwing vandals didn’t break through the second of two window panes, which would have sent deadly glass shards cascading upon her.” I’m not so sure about that deadly shard deal (unless it’s the Chardonnay I sampled at a pizzeria the other day), but you can forgive vice.com writer David P. Ball a bit of hyperbole. After all, “The attack follows six years of white supremacist violence against her family, which they link to 26-year old [Neo-Nazi] ringleader Kyle McKee.” It’s horrific stuff for the anti-neo-Nazi campaigners . . .
Over six years, they’ve faced death threats, fire-bombing, home invasions and horrendous beatings – the worst of which saw a group of thugs break into their home in 2010, jumping on Bonnie’s husband Jason – along with a friend of his – and battering them so severely with hammers and bats there was blood smeared on the walls.
“They tried to kill me by beating my head in and beating my body,” he recalled.
The local white supremacist group Blood & Honour – part of a global network originating in England – was linked to the attacks. On the same day as the 2012 White Pride March, also known as the most awful parade ever, McKee was arrested after a racial slur-laden assault outside a liquour store and convicted of breaking a bottle over the victim’s head, stabbing him with the glass and biting him.
Oh Canada! You silly people, banning firearms for personal defense. You see what happens to a disarmed populace? They’re victimized by criminals, thugs and yes, their own government. Because the scariest words in the English language are we’re from the government and we’re here to help. Or, in this case, take your children.
Jason and Bonnie have become a lightning rod for racist groups because they have spoken out against racist hate crimes and neo-Nazi recruitment. At first, authorities cautioned them to simply dismiss the racists as “clowns”, Bonnie recalled: “Just ignore them and they’ll go away.” . . .
In the aftermath of the 2010 home invasion, the couple nearly lost their four children after they sent them to stay temporarily with Jason’s mother. “We didn’t want them to see all the blood spattered all over the walls and stuff,” he said. . . .
One day, a police officer and child protection worker knocked: “We appreciate and understand what you’re trying to do here,” Jason remembered them saying, “But essentially you’re like drug dealers and gang members, and your activities are putting your kids in danger… As of right now, your kids can’t return home.”
Strangely, our neighbors to the north can’t understand the value of having a handgun with which to defend one’s self and one’s family from attack and—can you believe it—confiscation. Nope, not even Jason and Bonnie.
“The violence that’s in my community and inflicted upon my family is something that is the responsibility of everyone,” Bonnie added. “It happens every day.
Responsibility starts at home. Unless it can’t. In which case you’re screwed. [h/t RK]