Stats disprove Police claims

I’m in shock that the Herald has actually investigated something. But, in doing so, it has hit a home run with some decent facts about guns.

It makes for interesting reading because the Police are the reason guns exist in criminals hands!

The Police Association, which represents rank-and-file officers, had already voiced concerns about the proliferation of firearms in criminal hands. Police figures show a steady rise in the number of illegal firearms seized, with 1504 confiscated last year – a 50 per cent increase on four years ago.


According to the latest figures police released to the Herald , shotguns were the most common illegal firearm seized. During the 2014/2015 period, 272 full-length and 79 cutdown shotguns were confiscated, as well as 44 pistols, 23 military-style semi-automatics and 47 cutdown rifles. There is no legal purpose for a cut-down firearm.

So here are the facts we can glean from this:

1. Almost all guns criminals get are stolen in burglaries;

2. Most guns confiscated are shotguns, not military-style semi-auto weapons;

3. Surprisingly, the crooks are also stealing pistols – which most firearms owners cannot buy unless they have a special licence;

4. The cops don’t have a register for stolen guns. In short – they don’t bother to follow up behind burglaries and, when guns are stolen, they don’t bother to follow up on those either.

So, the issue is that the cops are just not doing their job properly.

In failing to bother with burglaries they’ve unwittingly created the situation whereby criminal scumbags point guns at them. Brilliant.

It’s their own fault. Absolute muppets.

Worse still, they are promulgating scaremongering that doesn’t match the facts, especially from the Police Association spokesman Greg O’Connor. But more on him later.

The claims about semi-automatics have been found to be wanting. It was nothing but alarmist scaremongering from Greg O’Connor, the Police and the hapless and idiotic media.


– NZ Herald

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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.

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