“Gun City owner David Tipple is keeping quiet as outrage grows over a “mind-blowing” billboard still stationed outside his Christchurch store in the wake of Friday’s terror attack.
Tipple says he will explain Gun City’s “involvement in what’s happening” and its “opinion on what could happen going forward” at a press conference on Monday.
He will also respond to concerns about the billboard, which shows a man teaching two young children how to shoot a target, outside the retailer’s Cranford St gun store.
“Linwood doctor Richard Griffiths called Stuff to express his disgust after seeing the billboard had not been removed.
“Griffiths said his two children were “beside themselves” as their school was locked down following Friday’s attacks, which killed 50 people.
“I’m a GP that works in Linwood – they
were scared stiff when they heard that people had been shot because they
associated it with me down there,” he said.”
“It always blows my mind and it absolutely staggers me that a sign like that is allowed to be put out advertising guns with a couple of kids,” he said.”
Yes, think of the children. Much feigned outrage.
The amount of medical malpractice deaths every year are pretty mind-blowing Richard, but I doubt those look good for your profession on a billboard.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with teaching children the correct way to handle firearms and taking the curiosity away. This is nothing more than a legitimate business marketing to a target market – Gun World in Queensland all over again.
So did any of these journos show up to the dealership of the Nice truck driver claiming liability? Or any supermarket that sold a knife eventually used in a murder?
This is a ridiculous proposition and just shows no-one in the NZ Police or government wants to take responsibility for what happened, are passing the buck and are also using this as an emotional catalyst to intimidate firearm businesses and firearm culture.
It really is shades of the case against gun dealer Terry Hill at Port Arthur, where Hill’s business was essentially stood over by the Australian Federal Police and forced to close down. Whether or not Terry was legitimately at fault for selling Bryant a firearm illegally was never really known, because there’s never been a proper inquiry.
It’s not just the press, Burwood City Councillor Glenn Livingstone decided he needed a social media dopamine hit as well:
Talk to Ian Stewart, Glenn.
Stand your ground David, you’re not at fault for this psychopath.
Lets look at the litany of failures.
Govt issued a firearms license to someone who has travelled through a number of red flag countries (Pakistan and N.Korea being two).
Govt did not look at the social media profile of someone who had travelled to countries as above (some red flags there too)
Govt did not alert Police or counter terror units to stand to in spite of receiving the terrorists manifesto in advance.
Police took 36 minutes to get into the fight (clearly they could have used all the advance warning they could get).
Was it a conspiracy? – no, never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.
All of these are Govt failures, however when the Govt denies the right of citizens to carry the practical means of self defence, the only possible rationale is that the Govt is guaranteeing the individuals safety. and yet again we see that they simply cannot.