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COLFO Press Release: Why I'm quitting as COLFO's spokeswoman

By Nicole McKee
  •   28th Jun, 2020 Jun 28, 2020, 2:07 PM
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A personal note of thanks to those who have supported me over the last 18 months

 

When it became clear the politicians would use the tragic events in Christchurch to ram through law changes focused at identity politics rather than safety, I put my hand up to fight back.

 

More than a year later, look what COLFO has achieved; a strong united voice for law-abiding, decent New Zealanders, who happen to enjoy firearm based sports, recreation, and lifestyles. Far from the “Trolls” the Police Association and Police Minister called us, COLFO has actually been the voice of rational debate.

 

But with the assent to the Arms Legislation Act - despite its very clear flaws, despite the exposure of the Police cover-up of their irresponsibility, and despite all the promises from NZ First that they stood with rural New Zealand - it shows that a strong voice outside of Parliament just isn’t enough.

 

And as we saw with the decision from the High Court on Thursday, it doesn't matter that you have traditional human rights and longstanding law on your side. A majority coalition in Parliament can ride roughshod over you and your rights.

 

“When it became clear the politicians would use the tragic events in Christchurch to ram through law changes focused at identity politics rather than safety, I put my hand up to fight back.”

 

When it comes to the rights of licenced firearms owners, Labour, New Zealand First, and sometimes even National’s record shows that there needs to be more MPs who ‘get it’. We need people who have the technical understanding within Parliament and who are willing to ask the tough questions of the Government and the Police.

 

So now my year ago hand up for a few months has now turned into a long term commitment. I’ve been persuaded that to beat them in Parliament, I have to be there.

 

I have decided to accept ACT’s nomination for Parliament - to continue the fight for the licenced firearm owning community and to advocate for better public policies from within. I want to be on the spot to call out the kind of cynical disrespect for ordinary New Zealanders I’ve seen over the last 18 months.

 

With my decision to join and stand for ACT, I have stood down from COLFO as their Spokesperson and Secretary. And while I might be leaving these roles, I certainly won’t be turning my back on these issues. ACT are appointing me as their spokesperson on firearms and outdoor issues and will today announce my list ranking at number three.

 

“...to continue the fight for the licenced firearm owning community and to advocate for better public policies from within. I want to be on the spot to call out the kind of cynical disrespect for ordinary New Zealanders I’ve seen over the last 18 months.”

 

This will be my last message to you on the Fair and Reasonable email list. It’s been a privilege to get so much helpful feedback over the last year. I hope it will keep coming for my new role.

 

COLFO and this campaign are in safe hands. While I’ve had the privilege of fronting the Fair and Reasonable campaign, there are dozens of talented people who have made it possible. They're not quitting. Having voices outside of Parliament holding MPs to account is essential if we are to win the hearts and minds of New Zealanders, the media, and MPs.

 

So I look forward to serving you, albeit in a different role, should I be fortunate enough to earn your party vote and make it to Parliament with the ACT Party.

 

Thank you for your support.

Nicole McKee

(Former) Spokesperson

Fair and Reasonable

 

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