Arming NZ cops
The point many seem to have missed in the latest moral panic the Police Association are attempting to cause over the Police shootings this week is how possessing guns would have prevented the ambush.
Possessing guns wouldn't have prevented this ambush, so the Police would have had to have entered with guns drawn, that is what gun arming proponents are really arguing for, the power to allow the Police to enter your private sphere with guns drawn, for any reason whatsoever. This case was a warrentless search hilariously invoked under the Misuse of Drugs Act based on the smelling of marijuana, are we really comfortable with the concept of Police being able to raid your home based on the smell of marijuana with guns drawn? Is that really what we as NZers would accept as a tactic by the Police? Our Policing philosophy is containment, so that cooler heads can talk the situation down, allowing the Police to enter private homes with guns drawn would result in a first strike aggressive para military styled Police force.
Is that what we really want in NZ?