Serial anti-gun offender Nick O’Malley has penned this diatribe from former NZ Police Minister Judith Collins:
“A New Zealand MP and former police minister has told the National Rifle Association to “bugger off” out of the nation’s affairs as it prepares to introduce sweeping gun law reforms.
National Party MP Judith Collins
said that when she sought to introduce gun law reforms during her two stints as
police minister, she was inundated by lobbying from a small, vocal and
passionate group of lobbyists from New Zealand’s gun industry.
She told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that these lobbyists typically directed massive amounts of material that appeared to be sourced directly from the US National Rifle Association to her office and those of other MPs.
“They talked about how we were trying to take away their Second Amendment rights to own guns. We don’t have a right to bear arms. To own a gun in New Zealand is absolutely a privilege and not a right,” she said.”When I met with these lobbyists they spoke the language of the NRA.”
She said she had again begun receiving similar material, but now deleted them without reading.
“Firstly, I am no longer the police minister so I don’t have to read them. But also I know what my position is and it is not going to change. We have lost 50 people.”
Standing on the bodies while calling for the removal of rights and property of 250,000 people, is nothing more than emotional bullying and collective punishment – a process that is illegal during war time under Article 33 of the Geneva Convention.
We also see the old ‘shut up’ tactic when people who have no valid argument are in trouble. Kind of like the NZ government currently censoring the internet.
There’s no real debate going on in NZ, it’s the same railroad tactics we’ve seen ad nauseum globally for years.
Collins’ calls for a firearm registry are ridiculous. There are an estimated 1.5 million firearms belonging to approximately 250,000 firearm owners in NZ – most categories of firearms do not require registration. Many of these firearms are not going to be turned in or registered, despite all the empty threats being made by government, as this is exactly what happened in Australia and everywhere else that has attempted registration.
The black market will be huge as will the number of boating accidents and sales of PVC pipe. They can’t enforce it.
Further, the firearms registries in Australia have proven to be a massive failure and a waste of money. The most recent example being the scathing audit of the NSW Firearms Registry which showed thousands of firearms unaccounted for, incorrect records and a very poor service culture, among other numerous issues.
It’s also not surprising to see the National Party sell out firearm owners, after going into the 2017 election being the party, along with NZ First, that would supposedly defend them. Much like the Nationals in 1996 in Australia, we all know what happened next.
We’re seeing the usual tactics from the press: anti-gun lobbyists are welcomed with open arms and are quite free to lie and propagandise the public, but god forbid people who know anything about firearms protect and defend themselves.
We further see another example of the NRA ‘boogeyman’ being used to attempt to frighten the emotionally malleable members of the public. The NRA is purely a civil rights organisation dedicated to defending a constitutionally protected civil right in the United States. Sure, the NRA’s performance in recent times, in terms of lack of defence of gun rights, is another debate but it’s objective is to defend the 2nd amendment. It has no bearing on what is happening in NZ and an email of condolences is a long stretch to say “influence.”
The NRA boogeyman has long been part of the strategy of anti-gun politicians worldwide. Give them a fake enemy to project blame onto and use this to demonise everyone else by association. It’s the NRA’s fault for causing things they didn’t cause, stupid.
Collins is just another armchair authoritarian using bullying to attempt to get her way. Her statements further give creedence to the fact that NZ politicians have wanted to disarm NZ for years and have been defeated every time – the tragedy at Christchurch gives them an excuse and an emotional club to attempt to browbeat and guilt gun owners.
Take some of your own advice Judith because much like your time in office, you aren’t adding anything of value to the debate.