Arm the taxi drivers says NZ First MP

December 7th, 2011 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Canterbury Star reports:

One of Canterbury’s newest MPs wants to ban the burqa and arm bank tellers, dairy owners and taxi drivers.  

NZ First list MP Richard Prosser garnered just 538 votes in the Waimakariri electorate, but swept into Parliament on the strength of party leader Winston Peters’ rise from the grave.  

He makes no apology for the strength of the controversial Rightist ideas he has been pushing for almost 10 years. 

Oh armed taxi drivers would be hilarious fun. You know how the taxi drivers honks and curses when someone cuts them off in traffic? Well now they’ll be able to mow them down.

And think if two drivers get into a dispute over a cab rank. They can sort it out with a duel.

On compulsory military training: “There will be the pacifists, the weaklings, the other cowards and bludgers … who will conscientiously object … they can spend a couple of years picking up rubbish off the beaches and digging out long-drops for DOC instead.”

At least with CMT, people will be better equipped to handle being shot at by bank tellers or taxi drivers.

“As recently as 1973 every bank in New Zealand had a pistol under the counter and tellers undertook regular revolver training.

Really? Can someone confirm this?

He suggests “dairy owners and householders alike” should be allowed to have a “shotgun within reach, and taxi drivers as well as cops should almost be required to have at least a Walther PPK clipped to the sun visor”.

I like how he specifies the brand of the gun. I hope us bloggers will be allowed them also to cope with the stalkers.

I love how so many lefties tactically voted to get NZ First into Parliament. They have made life so much more enjoyable for us bloggers.

An appropriate charge

November 18th, 2010 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

James Ihaka in the Herald reports:

A man who allegedly mistook a woman for a deer before shooting her dead at a campsite is to reappear in court today, this time charged with manslaughter.

Andrew Mears, a 25-year-old motor trimmer from Hamilton, originally pleaded guilty to a charge of carelessly using a firearm causing death when he appeared in the Taupo District Court on November 3.

But police sought a remand without plea on the charge pending the recommendations of the Crown Solicitor at Rotorua. Yesterday the officer leading the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Todd Pearce, said Mears would now also face a charge of manslaughter.

As I blogged previously, I think this is appropriate.

Mr Mears seems very remorseful, and one can only feel sympathy for his family.

But at the end of the day, this was not an accident. A young woman was shot to death by Mr Mears. True he did not know he was aiming at her, but when using a gun the test can not be that you did not know what you were aiming at – it has to be you are certain what you are aiming at.

Add onto that the recklessness (and illegality) of shooting at night, and shooting from a moving car, and manslaughter is the necessary charge. There has to be a very clear message to gun users about such behaviour.

Having said that, this is one case where people won’t be calling for the maximum sentence. Manslaughter is the correct charge, and a jail term is inevitable, but I don’t think having Mears spend many years in prison will be of great benefit to anyone.