Who NZ Police seem to think the threat is.
Ummmmm, if the NZ Mass Surveillance State are finished with spying on Māori, Greenpeace, Green Party, MANA Party, Journalists, Bloggers, Social Justice Activists, Muslims and Earthquake survivors could they maybe give these gun fanatics a squiz…
Shooters fired semi-automatic rifles in a Canterbury riverbed during two minutes of silence to mark the Christchurch terror attacks. David Williams reports.
A North Canterbury riverbed has been turned into a “war zone” by shooters using high-powered, semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, a nearby resident says.
The shooters – a group of caucasian men, many of them from Christchurch, and mainly aged in their 20s and 30s – haven’t stopped their target practice on the Okuku River bed, near Rangiora, despite multiple complaints to police over a period of months. They even insensitively had a shoot on the afternoon of March 22 – at the same time as a national two minutes of silence observed a week after last month’s terrorist attack in Christchurch.
Newsroom spoke to two Okuku residents – who don’t want to be named for fear of retaliation – whose properties adjoin the river.
“Sometimes it’s like a war zone,” one says, adding: “Something needs to be done – someone will be killed.” The other, a resident of more than 10 years, says that after the Christchurch attack the incredibly loud sound of fast, repetitive gunfire – “that doong-doong-doong” – had sent their fearful daughter under her bed, to hide. “I certainly wouldn’t let the kids go down there.”
…I’m not an expert in national security or the hunting for alpha predator white supremacist gun nuts, buuuuuuuuuuuuut don’t white males aged between 20-40 with semi-automatic weapons who decide to shoot those guns during the 2minute National moment of silence in the wake of a white supremacist terror attack which mass murders and maims 100 Muslims kinda fall into a category that should investigated?
I only ask because it seems that when Newsroom contacted the Police about this, they had no fucking idea it had happened or had been an ongoing problem…
Newsroom’s questions to police about the incidents are being treated as an Official Information Act request. That’s because, we’re told, key police contacts weren’t immediately aware of the complaints and a quick search of their systems by communications staff drew a blank.
…maybe the NZ Police might have an idea if the Special Investigation Group weren’t so busy wasting time on environmentalists, journalists and brown people.
I’m not asking for an expansion of the mass surveillance state, I’m just asking them to use their already enormous powers against actual threats, not imagined ones.