A gun on every hip?

Well not quite. The Police Association want a gun on every Police Officer’s hip, and I support them:

The Police Association says a gun on every constable’s hip could have prevented high-profile shootings of officers, including the death of Senior Constable Len Snee in Napier in 2009.

Mr Snee was shot by Jan Molenaar during a routine search for cannabis that led to a shootout and a siege that lasted more than 24 hours.

Association president Greg O’Connor said that if the officers had been armed, the siege could have been avoided.

“I’ll never be convinced Molenaar would have acted the way he did, had he known the officers were armed.

“With Jeremy Snow [shot four times in December 2009], he couldn’t defend himself and his partner couldn’t defend him either.

“And then the incident in Christchurch [in July last year] with Constable Mitchel Alatalo and Senior Constable Bruce Lamb. Once the shots were fired they had no ability to fight back,” Mr O’Connor said.

In its law and order policy, revealed yesterday, the association called for general arming and more training for the inevitable greater use of firearms.

But if we are to allow this then can we please also look at the right to carry in New Zealand, because if it is dangerous for Police ont eh streets then it is sure as hell more dangerous for the ordinary citizenry.

The streets would become an awful lot safer if we allowed Open Carry for suitably and comprehensively trained citizens.

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