More guns for NZ Police is not the answer!
More police to get guns
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said it was a shame it had taken more shootings to reach the stage where police would gain greater accessibility to weapons. "The time has come. We can't fly in the face of what we're seeing now."
WHAT ON EARTH IS O'CONNOR TALKING ABOUT? How could more guns have made this situation safer? The Police in this case just randomly burst into the home of a person based on smelling marijuana after they couldn't catch the person they were looking for with a search warrant. The person they burst in on reacted violently and tragically shot these cops, now how would arming the Police have made this safer? You storm anyone's house and they are likely to fight back like a badger in a hole, now before the usual pro-Police scream over that line, I'm not defending this clown who has shot two officers and their dog, but if the Police are going to aggressively start invading peoples homes based on something as petty as bloody marijuana, these reactions are what the Police are going to get back.
We have a Police philosophy of containment for this very reason, we don't want to cause and create conflicts, because human nature of fight or flight takes over, our containment policy allows cooler heads to talk people down, what is O'Connor wanting here? Police with drawn weapons kicking in the door like they do with their quasi-military police in America with all the mistakes and accidents men with drawn guns cause?
So how would giving the cops guns in this situation have helped? It wouldn't, they were both ambushed while storming someones home based on something as petty as 'I smell weed'.
More guns are not the answer, and once again O'Connor seems to be using a tragedy to demand more Police powers, look even if you get your guns they won't protect you from being ambushed like this!
The Police lesson here is that bursting into people's homes might get you shot, so, you need to be selective about whose homes you will burst into and the tactics around that issue should be carefully managed, if you leave those tactics to a couple of bored cops on the ground who are hanging around looking to do something after their first search warrant failed and move away from containment to a much more aggressive and armed approach it will only serve to cause more violence.