Jonathan Milne is the editor of the Sunday Star-Times and his editorial today under his name is just ridiculous.
He like the other media luvvies jumping to the defence of Heather du Plessis-Allan misses the point and gets things utterly wrong.
I run short of adjectives to apply to Gun City owner David Tipple. This week, his store sold a .22 rifle to Story journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan, seemingly without even a modicum of basic checks. As part of an undercover sting, she used a fake name, a fake gun licence number and a fake police officer’s name to find out whether it was as easy to obtain a mail-order rifle as the Police Association claimed. Such a journalistic exercise is ethical and legimate, when the public interest is high.
And the immediate response from police, in tightening the rules around buying firearms, confirmed a very real issue of public safety.
But Tipple’s intemperate response was to turn the blame for his store’s dangerous failings on the journalist who blew the whistle, threatening to mount a private prosecution. This is hypocritical coming from a man who’s done jail time in the US for breaches of gun laws.
Tipple, in his inability to recognise his store’s critical errors, is plain delusional.