As a law abiding New Zealand citizen, also a firearms owner, I’m disappointed that my government is about confiscate my legally held and purchased property.
I, of course will comply with my country’s laws, but because of the actions of a deranged killer the rights of many will be trampled.
This in a week where Dr Peterson’s book has been removed from some shops, as I’ve mentioned, and all state owned broadcasters broadcast the “Call To Prayer” yesterday. Strange times indeed...
If anybody is interested, I’ll post some of these developments as they unfold as honestly as I can.
As a New Yorker, we have some very strict gun laws in the state level, however, upstate New Yorkers did not comply with those laws. Even the sheriffs refuse to enforce the NY safe act. Gun ranges upstate, western and central NY are full of AR15s. AK47s and many other firearms that are banned (they banned features). There are couple million firearm owners in NY state (not NYC) and last time i checked, only 40,000 had registered them. The rest of population gave a big FU to the NY government. So, it is my opinion that you do not surrender your firearm to that horseteeth PM. She seems ignorant in multiple levels.
My best advice to you is don't comply. Get like minded citizens and protest. Once the left has your guns, they have you as well. Since you own guns oh, you are already in their sights. As an American, I can tell you that when they come for our guns, they will have difficulty that they can't imagine.
American expat also living in NZ for about 2 years now. One of the most insane, factual points that has been made over the past few weeks is that the Ardern administration is willing to make thousands of law abiding citizens instant criminals if they decide not to turn in their guns. This in a country where there were a total of 35 homicides last year, with more than half undertaken without a firearm. Surely they just believe people will willingly hand in their guns, to which I would say, absolutely do not do it. The prison infrastructure here could not support an immediate exponential increase in "criminals." I would call their bluff.
If guns are the culprit, why has there never been a gun arrested for killings? Or bullets for that matter? Or is this a means of taking an inanimate object into custody? But if a car kills they arrest the driver. None of this makes sense and anyone that gives up their right to be armed is giving into the tyranny of an oppressive governing body that will eventually take advantage of an unarmed populace. The only good that can come of this is for craftsmen develop a creative means of self protection including but not limited to home manufacturer of untraceable arms. Best of luck New Zealanders, but I will NEVER relinquish control of my means of self defense.
I feel honestly frustrated for anyone denied the freedom to do whatever they want if not harming others, but I feel that because of the reality of the mixed psychological bag any nation of humans encompasses, coupled with the more polarised times we are living in, some freedoms have to be restricted so that dangers they present can be mitigated when the weapons are in the wrong hands.
I would like to live in a world in which everyone is of stable mind, both ethically and rationally, and we could all go to the shooting range together. But the world we actually live in is populated not only with good people, but also with delusional, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, envious, stupid and just plain callous people. I don't think firearms helps, and I don't buy the classic US explanation that they can protect us from governments considering the tech at their disposal now. They could load nanobots into an unmanned drone, piloted from 1000 miles away, and fire nerve gas through our windows. Guns won't do much against that. Needless to say we don't want to give all those characters tech like that either.
I appreciate that this won't be a popular opinion around here, but then I as a Brit was never raised with the second amendment as an internalized axiom upon which I build my world view. But I do mourn anyone being denied their hobby, whatever it may be.