11:30 a.m., March 17)
Local councillor comes under fire for Instagram, Twitter
By Fred Sherwin
O rléans Online
Ward councillor Jody Mitic is having to defend himself
after a making a controversial Instagram post and tweet
celebrating the purchase of two law enforcement style
purchased the his-and-her SIG Sauer P320 handguns as a
Christmas/Birthday present for he and his wife who is
a former army medic.
guns appeared in an Instagram post @JODYMITIC on March
Because two is one and one is none.
I got @allannahgilmore and I matching @sigsaurinc P320s
No zombies are coming into this house
#ihatezombies #sigsauer #pewpewlife #veteran
post was first brought to light on Wednesday by Ottawa
Sun columnist Sue Sherring who questioned the wisdom
of posting the tweet just days after a young man was fatally
shot on Jasmine Crescent. She also questioned the wisdom
of publicly advertising the fact that he has two state-of-the-art
handguns in his home.
who is a former sniper with the Canadian Armed Forces,
said he didn't see any connection between the post and
the Jasmine Crescent shooting. As for the Instagram post
and tweet, he says he was simply sharing his purchase
with his followers, 144 of whom have so far shown their
support by "Liking" his post and offering their
is just one example... "Thanks for posting this photo
and standing up for legal firearms owners Canada wide,"
commented @gohuntbirds. "You're a great example of
a leader Jody!! Keep on doing what you're doing!!"
should be noted that Mitic is a registered gun owner and
there are no laws against storing guns in your home. In
various articles that have come out in the aftermath of
the Sun column, Mitic has stated that the guns are both
equipped with trigger locks and are kept locked up in
security case. They are also stored separately from the
today's Ottawa Citizen, Mitic refers to them as "tools".
are to me like tools are for a carpenter," Mitic
told Ottawa Citizen reporter Joanne Laucius before
test-firing his new purchase at the Stittsville Firing
Range on Wednesday.
a carpenter looks at a hammer, I look at a pistol. I was
in the army for 20 years. I used a lot of different weapons.
Just because Im not in the military anymore doesnt
mean Im not going to practise what I trained for
for 20 years.
response to a Twitter inquiry about his gun collection
last week, Mitic said he didnt need any more handguns,
but I sure do want more. But just a few. Im
almost done my collection.
Wednesday's interview with the Citizen, Mitic wouldn't
disclose how many guns he currently owns.
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