Wow. Never meant to start a flamewar.
I just saw the BC border guard issue on the news this morning, and thought it was quite the 180 degree spin from being busy confiscating airsoft stuff.
I don't blame them in the least for walking out. I've been sent to a hot zone before with no weapon. I won't do it again. I'm sure these guys have to deal with some real winners going through the border. And I've never seen an unarmed border guard on the US side...