So, where now for the gun enquiry?

After the absolute slaying by the Herald yesterday (yes, I can happily admit it when they pull some good quality journalism) it’s apparent that the whole farcical gun enquiry is now a total waste of time.

Firstly – many politicians, along with a legion of media big names, have made the unfortunate mistake of jumping in to slag off guns and call for restrictions and law change.

They’ve been absolutely certain that guns are obtained from gun shops that don’t check paper work.

Some media have even gone as far as forging police PID numbers to pull stunts to prove it despite no evidence that it’s ever occurred before.

Others claimed the gangs order guns from overseas, which are dropped off the side of fishing boats in the dark to waiting organised crime wearing black balaclavas.  

And then there is all the hype and fear mongering about military-styled semi-auto guns. Despite that, only a handful have ever been confiscated.

What is certain now is that all the noise and claims are bollocks.

The issue is that thugs rob houses and steal guns. The Police can’t be stuffed investigating because they are too busy issuing tickets for minor traffic offences.

Thankfully, someone at the Herald bothered to get the facts. I, for one, am grateful. I might like to point out that I’ve been saying this for weeks (it feels good to be right).

An enquiry now is entirely pointless. Let’s not forget that it has a sole purpose – to answer a question about how criminals get guns.

Well, it’s been answered. The answer is that guns have been nicked from houses. The Police can’t be bothered mustering the energy to follow up the burglaries. It’s the fault of the coppers!

If anything, the enquiry (if it’s to continue) should resolve to suggest that Police perform their basic functions and duties.

But, if you ask me, it might be better for the enquiry to be pulled and for the minister to have some strong words with her Police.


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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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