Firearms policy and gun laws are often hotly-contested by ant- gun lobbyists and the police, whereas most hunters, shooters and firearms owners treat firearms with the utmost respect.
They don’t need to argue the point about firearms as they know full well it comes down to basic common sense. Most of the firearms users are hunters; others just enjoy shooting firearms for the sport.
The biggest issue with firearms in New Zealand is the gang culture and their ability to acquire and use firearms at will.
Yet we see again another gathering of these anti-gun lobbyists to discuss a well beaten subject.
Around a decade ago when Alpers was attempting to solicit support for his crusade - from NZ District & City Councils - several firearm enthusiasts were invited to a Carterton District Council meeting to discuss Alpers crusade. Georgina Beyer was the Mayor at the time - and a great supporter of shooting sports. About a dozen went along and Joanne Winter - whose husband was killed in Tasmania - was representing Aplers. The enthusiasts went through the legal requirements that a person wishing to own a firearm has to complete: TAKE A COURSE OF STUDY PASS A FIREARM SAFETY EXAM BE CONSIDERED BY THE POLICE AS A FIT & PROPER PERSON TO HAVE A FIREARM HAVE POLICE APPROVED SECURITY FOR FIREARMS Joanne responded "I NEVER KNEW THAT!" and that was the end of it and we took her to the pub and got on really well. This is really an example of Alpers not knowing anything about our firearm laws - long considered to be the world's best.
The Police are the problem in this country with regard to firearm users. They only act on response to a situation, but know full well that many gang members carry firearms. There is little the police can do useless a criminal commits a crime using a firearm. We have more than enough laws it is just they the ones we have are not applied.
When you look at the track record of the NZ Police and their use of firearms it is abysmal, and they are the very policing authority.
All too often we see the neo-liberal idealists debate the public policy and other aspects of firearms in New Zealand and all too often these boffins haven’t got a clue about the range of firearms users, the enjoyment they get from using the weapons and the various sports around firearms.
These boffins have one agenda to blame responsible firearms users and legislation for every incident involving the use of firearms. They classify themselves as experts coming from Police and university backgrounds, often teaching about the legislation. But really they are just trouble makers expecting and often attempting to voice change in our gun laws.
Are these neoliberalists concerned that the general population may rise up and tip the corrupt government over.
No amount of legislation will stop accidents from occurring. If a person is going to choose a weapon for a crime they have many options to choose from, a vehicle, any hand carried piece of equipment, and a raft of other options.
The use of any weapon comes about generally by the person’s mental state at the time.
Owning a firearm is common in New Zealand: and estimates range from one to three million firearms in our population of 4.8 million. But this figure is just hype as many firearms owners have several weapons.
These boffins make firearm safety an issue in public health because of gun-shot deaths and injuries and other health effects; which is to be expected when you look at their idealistic backgrounds. You can’t argue with these nitwits they don’t listen to reason and can’t see where the real problems lie.
Few lack common sense – they want to deprive responsible gun owners from their sports and recreational pursuits.
Very few community or business groups and government agencies, such as the Police, have an interest in the importation, sale, use and safety of firearms as the current firearms policies work extremely well.
These idiots are trying to raise the awareness of likely future directions affecting health, safety and well-being?
The firearms scene in New Zealand, covering injury prevention and firearms safety training, issues of including licensing of owners and registration of firearms, gun culture, public health issues is more than adequately covered by responsible organisations which are often interfered with by these meddling boffins.
No revitalised public discussion about firearms is needed or required.
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