"Auckland Gun Dealer Greg Carvell should be applauded for his actions in defending himself from a machete wielding aggressor in his shop last July," says Peter Linton, Libertarianz Firearms Spokesman. "It's disgusting that the police are charging Carvell with 'possessing a firearm without lawful, proper or sufficient purposes'."Good question. Perhaps, as a colleague says, they're trying to turn gun shops into safe work environments for criminals? If more of us were armed and willing to defend ourselves then perhaps more criminals would end up in hospital instead of their victims -- victims such as the poor Dutch couple savaged over the weekend by animals in human clothing.
"It is perfectly reasonable for Carvell, or any other responsible New Zealander, to possess a firearm for self-defence. The right to defend oneself and one's loved ones must not be attacked, Linton explains. "This is a ridiculous charge against a law-abiding New Zealand citizen who should be given a medal. Why are the Police putting criminals before their victims?
Unfortunately, however, the New Zealand police believe they have more right to defend themselves and their property than the average NZ citizen...
I urge readers to e-mail Police Minister Annette King - firstname.lastname@example.org - and express your outrage at this decision.
UPDATE: Good comment on this from the Crusader Rabbit: Non-negotiable right.
LINK: Gun dealer should be applauded, not charged - Peter Linton, Libertarianz
RELATED: Politics-NZ, Self-Defence