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SSANZ UPDATE: Commentary & Apathy

By Neville Dodd, SSANZ

This is still not coming to you from our great secretary Phil Cregeen as he is still on holiday (and between you and me he can return tomorrow as far as I am concerned). Anyway, here is the latest in firearms news since I last reported to you.

 

First a story from Australia that warns us of what we could be facing if we can not defeat the current Arms Amendment Bill in parliament right now.

 

www.beaudeserttimes.com.au/story/gun-shop-dumped-by-major-bank

 

Just visualise what it would be like if we didn't have a network of dealers from one end of the country to the other.

 

Following on from the above item we understand that a New Zealand dealer has also had his bank account closed but are awaiting confirmation and more detail. If anyone knows about this and can pass on pertinent information please email us.

 

“Auckland University of Technology criminologist John Buttle on armed police patrols said it was a knee-jerk response that would not minimise the risk of another terror attack.

 

And here is a fascinating slant on the lead up to Tarrant’s atrocity from the Islamic Women’s Council - some Police culpability by their account:

 

www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/ignored-by-the-state-how-muslim-women-tried-to-warn-of-impending-danger 

 

Thanks Adam for bringing this to our attention. And here is one of the more rational assessments of where we are at vis a vis armed police - from MSN News of all sources.

 

www.msn.com/en-nz/news/newsevent/new-zealand-security-response-to-mosque-attacks-spurs-debate

 

There is a couple of interesting quotes in there too. For example:

 

New Zealand has a relatively low violent crime rate, with firearms-related homicides per capita in 2016 about one-twentieth that of the US rate.

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And, Auckland University of Technology criminologist John Buttle on armed police patrols said it was a knee-jerk response that would not minimise the risk of another terror attack.

 

He is also quoted as saying:

 

“Should you change the whole of your policing, arm up and become militarised for something that happens so rarely?

 

And from Chester Borrows:

 

Chucking SWAT-team types of vehicles full of armed police looking like they're tooled up and looking for trouble, doesn't seem to be the way to engage with those communities.”

 

Thanks to Alec for this one. A very good commentary here on the disclosure of another Government data leak, this one also involves firearms:

 

www.thebfd.co.nz/2020/03/lets-let-the-government-create-a-gun-register-what-could-go-wrong?

 

And, as is often the case with the BFD some very pertinent reader comment. With thanks to SSANZ Member Vince.

 

ON OUR OWN SSANZ BUSINESS

At the end of last month we had a representative attend a seminar entitled “Firearms and New Zealand: where to from here?” ostensibly under the auspices of the University of Otago but with speakers like Hera Cook, Alexander Gillespie, and (none other than) Phillip Alpers it was, shall I say, biased. 

 

The speakers were at pains to point out that the “gun lobby” represented by ourselves and COLFO accounted for a mere 30,000 licensed firearms owners and that was interpreted as meaning that the other 218,000 licensed firearms owners were not concerned about the law changes being imposed by government.

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That ladies and gentlemen is our biggest problem as gun owners. I am speaking, of course, of the apathy of that huge majority. 

 

I want to take this opportunity to ask you to put the acid on all your mates to sign up with us; now. The government’s contempt for all licence firearms owners is based on one key statistic - it is that between SSANZ, COLFO and Fair and Reasonable we represent only about 13% of all firearms owners. 

 

That means a whopping 87% are unrepresented and the likes of Gun Control NZ and the Parliamentarians see us (SSANZ, COLFO & F&R) as a radical minority and think that that vast 87% majority don’t care so they can dish out whatever new law they like. 

 

“The government’s contempt for all licence firearms owners is based on one key statistic - it is that between SSANZ, COLFO and Fair and Reasonable we represent only about 13% of all firearms owners.

 

You will have seen from Phil’s newsletters and emails alerts all the ridiculous stuff they are serving up - Clubs, Ranges, Search without warrant, Medical records, Registry... the list, as you know, seems endless. We are trying as hard as we can to stop this but that 13% figure is a huge handicap.

 

What I ask of you and all our other members is that you recruit as many of your shooting associates to sign up with us, ASAP. Where else can they get what we deliver for a paltry $20 sub per year.

 

The old saying “united we stand - divided we fall” applies so please help us to help all firearms owners.

  

That’s it for today, hopefully for this week, but in the New Zealand firearms world of 2020 “don’t hold your breath”.

 

Neville Dodd

SSANZ Pres. 

 

www.sportingshooters.nz

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