Tuesday, November 23, 2004

New Zealanders stand by as cop is beaten

Scoop: Allow Us To Help Ourselves: Does anyone remember the opening scene of Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter?" The sheriff of a small town is horsewhipped to death while the good citizens, too afraid to get involved, just stand by. This seems to be the situation in New Zealand. (Except I don't think a mythical figure will ride in from the wilderness to set things straight.)
"Can they really expect the public to get into a fight on behalf of a police officer when police bosses are constantly warning the public to leave any fighting to them, not to take the law into their own hands, and not to be a hero. What do they think will happen when there is a constant message that even the police won't intervene to save others if it puts them at risk," [ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks] said.

"What do they think will be the culture when a Rotorua woman who used a knife to drive off a would-be rapist spent days awaiting the police decision whether to charge her for use of an offensive weapon?"
This last part makes me angry; why should someone who just suffered the trauma of an attempted rape have to worry about being charged with a crime for defending herself? Does the government of NZ really think the world would be a better place if she had allowed herself to be raped?

This is the mindset of gun grabbers the world over. These people would rather see a woman raped, her life damaged (if not ruined), rather than see her be able to defend herself. And the British Commonwealth - England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand - seems to be unwilling to stop at guns and is now busy outlawing knives.[Thanks to KABA.]

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