A Nelson man attempted to buy a gun to shoot Nick Smith. Details are scant. What could have been a nasty situation looks like is has been well-handled by the Police and DPS.
It must be one of the gnawing worries of being an MP. You and your family are exposed to people who blame you for things that go wrong. We’re lucky, given that there are always a fair few unstable people about, that these kind of incidents are rare. You might remember the hostage taking at Labour MP Rick Barker’s office in Hastings back in 1998 and when Dail Jones (then still with the Nats) was stabbed in the 1980s. I can’t think of any others though.
Expanding the topic slightly, if you’ll forgive me, we can be glad too it’s not like the old days when people on the Left were all too often the target of politically motivated violence from the state.
Massey’s Cossacks in 1913. The special constables (including I’m afraid my great-uncle) in the Queen Street riots. Holland’s declaration ‘we are at war’ when he sent in troops and police against the Watersiders in 1951. The Red Squad beating up young anti-apartheid campaigners in 1981. Bastion Point. There’s an inglorious record of supression of the Left with violence. Thankfully the list of political martyrs from Fred Evans at Waihi to Ernie Abbot, killed in the Trades Hall bombing, is short. It’s good those days seem behind us.