Chris Cahill, firearms and unintended consequences

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Guest Post:

Cahill is a union boss, which makes him a god in the eyes of the mainstream media (MSM), and his members are policemen who, by and large, we all respect for the difficult job they do.

This article is not about the proven inaccuracy of the figures that Cahill quotes with his near-religious zeal, which is unquestioned by the media. It is about the very real possibility of unintended consequences of the Cahill ballyhoo.

The real question that rank-and-file police and police bosses should be asking is, “Is Cahill is going to achieve the exact opposite of his intentions by the MSM storm he has purposely and singlehandedly kicked up on firearms?”

New Zealand is lucky in that the police are unarmed except for specialist roles and units. Examples of these are Armed Offenders Squads and Airport Police, both of whom are armed. This lack of firearms at the police hip has meant the criminals do not usually use firearms and we see that from the real stats that show declines where firearms are concerned.

Cahill’s emotive MSM headlines are to achieve his specific agenda, but police everywhere should be concerned with his methods.

The vast majority of criminals are not the sharpest and these criminals are easily influenced by Cahill’s MSM headlines (especially the TV and radio ones) that purport to show one in eight (and increasing) police being threatened by criminals presenting guns at police.

Unintended consequence one: Cahill encourages criminals to present firearms to police.

Cahill also goes on to give firearms examples. One was of dairy owners who have been threatened by firearms.

Unintended consequence two: Cahill encourages criminals to present firearms to dairy owners.

Cahill and his predecessor have talked about firearms and drugs at great length so that now police expect to see, and in many cases find, firearms associated with drug dealers.

Unintended consequence three: You are not a drug dealer unless you have firearms – is that what Cahill wants?

Cahill also talks about a Head Hunters gang member legally acquiring firearms, while not explaining how that was allowed to happen. What does this example lead to?

Unintended consequence four: Gangs have an example of how they can legally acquire firearms for criminal use.

Cahill also points out that he is not talking about most legitimate firearms owners. This is a relatively recent nuance, as many firearms owners are very suspicious of Cahill’s true agenda.

Unintended consequence five:  Because Cahill is closely identified with the police he is stoking mistrust between firearms owners and police.

Responsible licensed firearms owners are just that: responsible and law abiding. Criminals with firearms don’t get licences, don’t have secure storage and don’t respond to, or obey, laws. They also don’t hand in firearms in amnesties and the like!

The copycat phenomenon is real according to the FBI. Perhaps Cahill, police and police bosses should consider the unintended consequences of Cahill’s firearms crusade in the media.


by Ashley 

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