New Zealand’s government is like the patient who keeps tightening the tourniquet every time his face turns blue but doesn’t realize the tourniquet is wrapped around his neck (Article).
“The government had near-unanimous support in parliament…”
Well, then, parliament is equally as daft as the government, ISN’T IT???
The following statement is a flat-out LIE: “New Zealand’s efforts on gun control have gained global praise, especially in the United States…”
WRONG. Our Constitution, “the supreme Law of the Law,” expressly states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.” We carry firearms in all 50 states, open carry (OC) in 45 states, OC without a permit in 30 states, and have Constitutional Carry (no permit for either CC or OC) in twelve states.
I myself have CC’d in CA, WA, ID, NC, NV, and CO, and have OC’d in all of the aforementioned states except CA.
THIS is the position of the United States. We are VERY pro-gun, with 86% of our population SUPPORTING our right to keep and bear arms, and for outstanding reasons:
In thirty years of carrying, on two separate occasions, my open carry status directly stopped a crime in progress from continuing the moment the criminals spotting my firearm. On another occasion, drawing from concealed carry immediately stopped a violent crime in progress.
In fact, between 650,000 and 800,000 violent crimes are stopped each and every year here in the United States by armed citizens, almost always without ever having to fire at shot.
Furthermore, the vast majority of stats cited by Mudstream Media and the anti-gunners in favor of more gun control involve inner-city gun crimes committed by unlawful people whose possession of a firearm is illegal due to their criminal background. When you reexamine the statistics for law-abiding citizens, you find our gun-related crime numbers drop to the bottom 10%, world-wide. In fact, out here in the suburbs and countryside, we don’t have gun-related problems of the kind Mudstream Media keeps touting. >>90% of those stats involve inner-city, drug-fueled gang activity.
Getting rid of guns, however, just disarms law-abiding citizens, preventing us from defending ourselves against the drug and gang crime, not to mention the drug and gang criminals. It doesn’t stop them, as they just switch to knives and clubs, the same as happened in the UK when violent crime tripled following the UK’s prohibition against most firearms ownership.
PLEASE, New Zealand, DO NOT ALLOW blitheringly idiotic and liberal Mudstream Media to LIE to you, telling you anything different. It’s NOT TRUE, and yes, when it comes to a number of liberal hot topics, THEY LIE ALL THE TIME.
You would be well off to read, “Island Gun Laws: The History of Gun Control and Crime in Australia, New Zealand, and the UK:”
Careful analysis of these countries’ gun control experiments actually depicts a more nuanced picture of gun policy and crime. In fact, there is reason to believe that gun control may have actually not had much of an impact on crime in either country – but this sort of critical thinking takes concerted effort, and who has time for such things when politics today are less about sound, long-term policy and more about sensationalizing another’s tragedy to advance your agenda.
The Australian gun control case actually looks quite bleak when compared to the U.S.’s higher degree of gun rights over the past few decades. From 1995 to 2006 – a time when firearm ownership was reduced – Australia witnessed a significant increase in rapes and sexual assaults.
All the gun control in the world has not been able to save the U.K. from steadily increasing rates of violent crime.
Research from the Pew Center in 2015, showed that the murder rate in America fell by one half – 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.4 per 100,000 in 2014. In the same period, the total number of gun deaths (numbers that include accidental deaths and suicides) dropped by almost one-third, plummeting from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100. Additionally, the number of privately owned guns and people carrying concealed has grown year by year.
Your government, including parliament, is completely and utterly DAFT if they believe they’re doing your country any favors.
Your right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness comes from GOD, not government. It’s the responsibility of government to recognize, respect, and protect your inalienable rights. In the hands of law-abiding citizens with basic training in the proper use of the firearm and knowledge of law-based rules and regulations, firearms are hugely successful in both deterring and preventing violent crime.
I very sincerely hope the people of New Zealand realize New Zealand’s efforts against firearms is NOT being “widely praised” around the world. That’s yet another LIE by Mudstream Media attempting to convince you that it’s right, when every fiber in your being recognizes that giving up your right to defend yourself is WRONG. VERY wrong.
Thank you for taking the time to listen.