I'm sure you pulled that gun for a valid reason yesterday but I'd like you to stop down for a few minutes and consider the other side.
I realize I'm stepping over the line here, but I really want you to appreciate the impact your actions could have had yesterday.
Believe me, I can imagine it's a drag when somebody disrespects you with a look or a gesture, or when somebody comes up a little short when you want to sell them a bag of something, or if somebody wants to borrow your woman, but come on, a gun on a crowded subway platform?
Again, let me apologize for being so bold because I know Canadian society has been unfair to you by not providing all the things necessary to thrive in this country.
We make sure you've got a roof over your head, money in your pockets and medicine in the cupboard if you need it, but obviously that's not enough.
You need more. You must need more because the same things keep happening time and time again and way more often than not, it seems to involve people with your profile.
You come from a certain part of the city, your family structure is somewhat flimsy and despite your apparent poverty, you wear the best of clothes, hats and shoes.
We'd like to give you more, but we're not really sure what it is you need.
There are jobs if you want to prove you deserve them. You might argue that people of your profile can't get jobs but that goes out the window every time I walk into a business and see hard working kids who under the clothes, look just like you.
They can get jobs, why can't you?
Education? It's there if you want it, but that's the problem, you've got to want it.
Excuses? We can't give you any more of those because they've all been exhausted. I'm sure over the next few days we'll hear the same old excuses in your defense, and once again you'll try to hide behind them, but for most people, that's become tiresome.
What we'd really like to give you is a little more guidance, but the very people who should provide that guidance don't seem to want to provide it.
You don't want the establishment to tell you how to live or act, apparently you'd prefer it to come from within your own community, but for some reason, as the months and years go by, there's nobody in your community willing to step forward and accept that role.
It's interesting that yesterday's shooting took place just a couple of days after Barack Obama became President of the United States. A large part of his platform was the insistence that "people" become accountable for their own lives. Take responsibility for your actions, with the children you father at the top of the list.
But hey, that's the States, and this is Canada, maybe you're right and the rules should be different and when you get right down to it, you'd rather Obama provide more excuses not solutions.
That damn Obama. How dare he prove that any man is capable of any thing.
In Canada you should be able to run wild and do whatever you want and then blame the consequences on somebody else and that leads me back to the point of this posting.
If you must pull your gun on a crowded subway platform again think of the people around you.
I know it's hard, because most of them represent everything you hate about our society, they're hard working, decent people who on their way to somewhere so they can look after their "families" - you know, taking responsibility for the people they've brought into the world.
But really, the next time you want to shoot somebody who's dissed you in a crowded place, please look around and appreciate that one of your stray bullets could kill somebody I love.