It is no surprise that FIGJAM Power is behind moves to make it harder for law abiding citizen to have access to knives. I say law-abiding because that is who will be affected by his proposed silly new laws covering knives. It is just leading to more dis-arming of the population, all the while the gangs, criminals and Police are massively armed.
Criminals, the ones FIGJAM likes to cuddle, being part of the liberal elite, simply don’t follow laws, that is why they are criminals. His inane law-making will fall on deaf ears.
Suggestions querying as to why a 15 year old would want a knife are just silly. My kids are 14 and 12 this month and I have bought them knives, sharp ones, multiple ones. For them they are tools, utility tools for when we go camping and hunting. they have a pocket knife for small chores, a folding knife for tougher chores and a little recreational whittling and sheath knives for skinning and gutting deer. They sure as hell don’t take them to school, they know how to use them for what they were intended and look after them appropriately with oil, sharpening and care.
Justice Minister Simon Power announced yesterday proposals to help deal with a rise in knife-carrying. These included increasing the sentence for possessing an offensive weapon from two to three years and a voluntary accord with knife sellers to help restrict sales to teenagers.
But he stopped short of a ban on sales to younger teenagers, such as that in Britain and some Australian states, saying it would be impractical.
Those changes will stop not one criminal from carrying a knife with intent to injure. Worse still are the daft Principals Association who want to go even further.
School principals say measures should be put in place to make it difficult for teenagers to buy knives, similar to rules restricting the purchase of spraycans.
The Principals Association welcomed moves to help them search pupils for weapons.
In the real world there are some deluded people who think that because someone is a teacher they are smart. unfortunately the Principals Association shows proof positive that such a belief is wrong-headed. To think that restrictions on purchasing knives would somehow stop some-one from obtaining a knife when they really want to carry one just show a disassociation with reality.
For the final joke on the fuss over knives, the penalties are already higher than the penalties for breaching name suppression, a crime that” cuts to the core of our justice system”. Raising them further just highlights the stupidity of our name suppression laws, laws that FIGJAM is currently reviewing. Gee I can’t hardly wait till his pronouncement on that.