ᔥ NZ Herald
The Police Association has renewed its calls for “guns on hips” after a rifle was allegedly aimed at a female officer in the Bay of Plenty early yesterday morning.
The officer had been responding to a report of suspicious activity in Katikati when she spotted a man near an intersection, police said.
When she stopped to speak to him, he dropped bags he was carrying and is alleged to have swung a rifle toward her.
The officer left immediately and called for back up, before armed offenders squad members were deployed in the area.
A 20-year-old man was arrested and yesterday appeared in Tauranga District Court on charges including burglary and using a firearm against a law enforcement officer.
I have no problem with arming the Police, but if the Police are to be armed then I also believe that suitably trained citizens should also be allowed to similarly armed. After all if you start arming state authorities with out similar rights passing to citizens then you run the very real risk fo the citizenry being able to be suppressed through fear and intimidation buy those same authorities.
A second point would also be that criminals already have and use firearms and the Police simply can;t be everywhere, thereby leaving unarmed citizens at risk. If the risk is great for the police then surely the risk is greater for citizens.
I am not saying that we should be allowed tio willy-nilly carry firearms…I am saying the with training and certification and appropriate club membership then this should be allowed.