Police Association President Chris Cahill has welcomed the prime minister’s commitment to changing New Zealand’s gun laws.
“Jacinda Ardern has said emphatically that New Zealand’s gun laws will change and that now is the time for that change. I absolutely agree with her and I believe many New Zealanders will be aghast that in our country someone can amass a cache of weapons like that discovered in this Christchurch tragedy,” Cahill said.
“It is sickening that it has taken this horrific event to wake us up to our vulnerability. My first thoughts are with the families of those who have been killed or injured, and with our incredibly brave first responders – police officers, ambulance and hospital staff, and all those members of the public who helped in any way they could.
“However we cannot ignore the role of guns in this event.”
Cahill says the debate that New Zealand is about to have on access to certain firearms should be short and swift.
“The bitter irony with this alleged perpetrator in Christchurch is he would not have been able to buy the weapons he had in his home country of Australia, because immediately after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 the then Prime Minister John Howard acted swiftly to ban semi-automatic weapons and Australians were with him.”
“New Zealanders and our politicians now need to step in behind Prime Minister Ardern as she takes decisive action on access to lethal weapons. I can pledge that the association will do everything it can to assist her in cleaning up our gun laws.”
My 2c: Hopefully this is a PR move & when the dust settles they'll not go too crazy removing gun rights here. I don't really care if certain semi-autos become unavailable to people on a regular gun license (a license mainly intended for hunters) - they seem a bit like cheating to me anyway. So long as they don't touch the collector license where you can buy a wide range of things if you meet the requirements.
Also, as FullAuto said in a previous post, nobody in the media is mentioning that the mosque where they had guns for protection saw less fatalaties because they fired back (is this a rumour or is it true?). This doesn't really matter because the Ministry of Police knows that kind of thing and will be involved in the policy making. Media's gonna do what they do, which is mostly be dumbasses & report half truths for clicks.