Well, that’s reassuring:
“Victoria’s top cop says the youth crime crisis has left some communities gripped with fear but admits that police can’t solve the problem.
Speaking to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton acknowledged there was a youth crime issue and said police were making more arrests and responding faster than ever but said that “if you’re looking for police to put it to bed, you’re looking in the wrong direction”.
“The social conditions that we’ve got out there are such that young people are out there looking for trouble,” he said . Mr Ashton said he was “saddened” by a walk through the streets of Tarneit, where shuttered windows and deserted streets show a community stricken by fear of crime.”
So there you go, VicPol themselves admit they can’t keep you safe nor put an end to the crime wave in Melbourne.
The message from Victoria Police and Lisa Neville on this whole fiasco in Victoria does however, change daily. At least they’re now being honest, well today anyway. If Victoria Police admit they can’t protect you, yet at the drop of a hat oppose any measures to allow the public to protect themselves, then their opinion is becoming increasingly invalid.
That being said, we’ve also stated numerous times that a weak judiciary, community legal services and mass immigration have their roles in this debacle as well and Police aren’t entirely to blame.
With that out of the way, can we talk about self-defence yet? Or are we just going to get stuck in the cycle of perpetual outrage of whatever the latest shocking violent crime is, and then simply complain online about judges and immigration and why everyone else should do something about it?
On the one hand, Australians need to grow up and start taking responsibility for their own safety and they need to start demanding the tools to do it with. That begins with access to the appropriate tools for self-defence – non-lethal items such as pepper spray and tasers and for those who qualify, licenced concealed carry permits. You have the right to self-defence but that right is essentially meaningless without the means.
On the other hand, it’s time for Police and government to swallow their pride and come to the table about allowing the public to adequately protect themselves because the consistent messaging of “just be a victim” and “just be compliant during a home invasion” doesn’t cut it.
Because those who make self-defence impossible, will make vigilantism inevitable.