Now anyone who knows me is aware that I’m not exactly a pacifist. Quite the opposite. I’ve used and worked with weapons for large chunks of my life. On farms, in the army, or ranges and developing software and hardware to train various military in the use of their weapons.
Weapons for me are just tools that need to be under trained control and used for purpose. They aren’t there for dickheads to play out their untrained and ill-disciplined penile obsessed fantasies as just happened in Christchurch.
So what exactly is the purpose of having civilian semi-automatic weapons?
I can’t see any economic reason. Just show me a civilian task that cannot be done with a blot-action or single shot style weapon. And I simply can’t see any reason related to the public good.
In fact the only reason I can see for semi-automatic weapons is to compensate for the poor weapons training of hunters – and dickheads.
However, semi-automatic weapons are really good for the lazy nutjobs to perform the cowards act of killing the unarmed. With the lax gun laws in NZ, this known white nationalist nutjob got a gun license in 2017 and accumulated 5 weapons and then went on shooting spree.
That is a problem that deserves a unrestrained policy to excise it. Regardless of the feelings of the lobby groups or the current owners of .
Lets just outlaw all semi-automatic weapons outside of the tasks that actually need them. Make the conviction of having possession of a working instance to be an offense requiring long imprisonment.
Those tasks mean that we should restrict pistols, semi-automatic and automatic weapons to the military and the police.
If someone wants to play with weapons that are semi-automatic or automatic, let them go and get trained properly. I’m sure that service in the army will be good for them – if they can get in.