Not OK for schools but perfectly OK for his own living room

Barry Soper is one of those bedwetters Rodney Hide spoke about.

It seems an absolute anathema to what our kids are sent to school for.

Okay school is about learning but taking a semi automatic assault rifle apart, learning how to fire it and having nine to 13 year olds posing proudly for photos with one is surely beyond the pale.

The army have been putting the kids through their paces and one soldier said they just loved the guns, you know what kids are like.  
And that was certainly the case with an 11-year-old boy who said it was really fun. He’d never held a gun before but said it felt amazing and cool.

But guns aren’t amazing and they’re certainly not cool, they’re used for killing and they have no place in the schoolyard and kids have no place in learning how to use them.

But it is OK for your missus to obtain guns illegally and keep them in your living room? All for a bullshit story about something that only happens in the minds of journalists. She was party to forging Police credentials, impersonated a Police officer, lied to a gun shop, broke 5 laws…not even a slap on the hand with a wet bus ticket.

Soper should come for a hunt with me and find out just how useful guns are.

He then brings up totally irrelevant statistics:

You only have to look at the gun crazed United States to see the havoc they wreak in schoolyards, the second most common place where mass shootings occur.

In the past two years there have been almost 40 shootings, leaving just on 70 dead, most of them school kids.

How many in New Zealand Barry? Oh that’s right NONE, didn’t suit your argument though did it?

If a child is to be allowed anywhere near a weapon, it’s the parents’ responsibility, not a school’s.

Good point. Using that logic let’s get rid of religious studies, sex education and many other topics currently taught at schools…and while we are at it let’s can school breakfasts and lunches.


-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.

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