Irrational argument ignores reality of gun crime

It has started: the lobbying against guns by those who oppose them and want them banned or at least made harder to obtain. There is an enquiry on and the politics is well underway.

Of course the media party – who are too lazy to write their own stores – have started pimping anti-gun stories on behalf of the anti-gun loons. ​

Firstly, I acknowledge it must be horrific to lose a family member to a violent death. There is no question these sorts of actions taken by scumbags ruin lives.

But they also radicalise the survivors into polarised opinions; not always well informed and, whilst well meaning, they fail to grasp reality.

One thing for certain is that criminals who will commit to violence will do so with or without a gun. If it’s not a gun it’s going to be a knife.  

Banning guns does nothing. As the article points out – even in Australia where they have much more restrictive gun laws – it hasn’t done a thing to stop scumbags owning guns illegally or obtaining them. An estimated 10,000 illegally owned guns remain at large and around 1400 are flogged each year. The Police can do nothing.

Australia’s gun rules are much more stringent, but criminals ignore gun laws and they always obtain firearms. Tougher gun laws doesn’t solve the issue of criminals obtaining firearms.

Here in NZ there are plenty who want guns to vanish, but that’s not reality. And, contrary to the belief of anti-gun loons, most guns have a specific use. That includes semi-automatic rifles and shotguns.

Ironically more people die or are injured each week in car crashes than deaths by guns each year. When people call for guns to be restricted it beggars belief when day after day we permit young men to buy fast cars and they inevitably end up wiping themselves out, or others.

As a society we have our priorities wrong.

We don’t give a toss about the things we should, but appear to care about changing things that simply are not an issue – statistically speaking.


– Fairfax

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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