Arming NZ Police
Support strong for all police to be armed
All police should carry guns, almost 60 per cent of the public and more than 70 per cent of officers believe, a poll shows.
Police Minister Judith Collins said this week that she would support all patrol vehicles carrying pistols in lockboxes. Police Commissioner Howard Broad is preparing a report into arming police officers and will make recommendations at the end of the year. Both have said they don't favour beat officers routinely being armed.
Last night the Police Association issued a poll it commissioned which said 72 per cent of all association members supported general arming. Asked if they supported it two years ago, 47 per cent were in favour.
The survey showed 58 per cent of the public also supported general arming. Association president Greg O'Connor said the results were no surprise.
The response when being critical of the expansion of Police power in NZ is always 'you hate the police' crap. It's so apologist, it's so defensive, it's so sheepishly predictable.
In a liberal progressive democracy where we have fought for civil liberties, it is the responsibility of ALL citizens to question authority.
Look at the case in Christchurch that Crusher Collins has used as her justification to arming 2700 Police cars. Two Police Officers were unable to carry out the arrest warrant they had pumped themselves up for, they smelled someone smoking weed and conducted a warrantless search on some random House and were ambushed. Now this is in no way a defense of the ambush, no one should attack the Police, and when they do they need to be dealt with harshly by the Courts, but to use warrentless random searches of people's homes as the justification to arm the Police is just so intellectually bankrupt it's difficult to take seriously. How would having guns locked in the car have protected those two Officers? Unless they had entered the house with guns drawn, guns in cars would be pointless, is that what we really want in NZ? Cops with 4 hours training entering homes with guns drawn? What kind of redneck, pro police backlash are we seeing here?
The apologist fall back position to unquestioningly hand over more and more power to the Police always astounds me from my fellow citizens. To question authority is not visceral hatred of the police, it is the obligation of all citizens living in a democracy.
Police Officers specially trained in weapons fulfilling the policing philosophy of containment is the solution to the 2 call outs each week that require guns, arming all ill trained Police with guns is simply a recipe for disaster. Think of the thousands of weekly call outs, 2 per week require guns, arming all Police to deal with those two incidents per week is an overkill that defies rational debate and seems to be wedded to some deeper pathology to unquestioningly submit to authority.
I don't, won't and will not do that.
Questioning the rush to arm our Police is a responsibility.