OTTAWAâ€”When my father was demobilized after six years of war in 1945, he kept a coat and a couple of uniforms, but not his sidearm. He told me years later it was a mistake for the military to allow officers to keep their guns. He knew what he was talking about: in the veteransâ€™ apartment complex we lived in after the war, a neighbour got drunk one night and threatened his wife and child with his army revolver.
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