Farmers in Saskatchewan are collecting their crops – and bullets.
Numerous rural residents have admitted to keeping firearms (shotguns and even a 7.62 Russian SKS) in their truck cabs and on board their heavy machinery.
A crime wave is sweeping through the prairie province.
An incident at 11:10 a.m CT Monday morning saw three masked men approach a truck-driving farmhand on a rural road near Fiske, Sask. They were on foot, and each was armed with a handgun. The farmhand did not stop, but continued on right past them. The RCMP are looking into the matter.
Speaking of the RCMP, they issued a plea at a Wednesday press conference in Saskatchewan, asking farmers to “let us do our jobs.”
Sgt. Earl LeBlanc continued that residents should not arm themselves “for their own protection.”
Farmers argue that they can’t rely on police for quick assistance, as response time is often an hour or more.
“I guarantee you, everyone is carrying out here right now,” one farmer told CBC News here (they’ve also posted photos of guns submitted by anonymous farmers).