No money for police ammo and weapons training, but $50million for a cycle way.
No money for police ammo and weapons training, but $12.7million for a new climate 'super' computer to give wrong answers even faster than before.
Do you think this shows the correct priorities?
A government’s proper job is not to build cycle-ways or to forecast the weather – even if it could do either well. It’s to protect individual rights. If it can’t do that then it should stand down. If the top level of the police force can’t do that, they should announce that properly or stand down, instead of playing silly buggers with the government and with the public who pay their wages.
This is the same police force that insists that when confronted by an armed madman you should avoid “confrontation” and ring the police instead – and who, when people have rightly chosen to defend themselves instead of waiting for the Keystone cops to arrive, have pursued actions against them through the courts for the crime of taking their lives more seriously than the promises of a force more concerned with “protecting perimeters” than the people being shot at.
The same police force who last week were telling whoever wanted to listen that they’re going to have to sell police houses to meet their budgets.
So this latest “threat” by a cash strapped police force may simply be brinkmanship to attract more funding – just as last week’s threat was. But it’s going to give cold comfort to people whose lives are on the line with a gun in their face, and who are told that they aren’t allowed to defend themselves because a trained policeman is on the way.
UPDATE 1: No money for ammo, but enough for a whole new bureaucracy.
No money for weapons training, but plenty for surveys like this.
No money to defend New Zealanders, but $300 million plus change to “keep them warm.”
UPDATE 2: As Oswald says,
“Your average plod couldn't shoot his way out of a wet paper bag as it is. The last thing they need is reduced training”!