Level headed leadership or knee jerk reactions?

I wish we had strong leadership in New Zealand. When tragedy strikes we need a leader like Donald Trump. I don’t care what his critics say, the man has both a big heart for his fellow Americans and the strength to protect them.

It is understandable after a terror attack that people are afraid and that political leaders want to offer reassurance and be seen to be doing something to make the people feel safe. Ardern has a heart for the people and sympathy in spades, but she lacks the strength to do what needs to be done.

Our PM feels their pain and has a big heart for the families affected, of that there is no doubt.

Knee jerk reactions and Captain’s calls are virtue signalling and weak leadership. There are no simple solutions or quick fixes for terrorism. What has been announced is a Band-Aid over a gaping wound. Anyone who thinks that New Zealand will be safer and more terror-proof if New Zealand’s gun laws become even more restrictive is fooling themselves.

That might feel as if something is being done, but criminals and terrorists break laws. The only people affected by Ardern’s latest knee-jerk pronouncement will be law-abiding gun owners.

The focus needs to be on who kills, not what they kill with. We can’t ban trucks, yet “trucks of peace” have been used by terrorists to kill people in large numbers.

Truck of peace

We have to go to the root of the problem, and that is much harder and takes more courage than a knee jerk, bandaid, virtue signalling ban. Terrorists can use vehicles to kill, they can use bombs, they can use knives.

The solutions need to be focussed on identifying these individuals before they can act. They also need to be focussed on preventing these kinds of individuals from travelling to our country.

Because we have been a safe country for so long, our Kiwi culture is all about making excuses for terrorists and hugging them and wasting money trying to rehabilitate them.

Anti-terrorism bollards in Melbourne Australia

If we don’t grow a spine and get some strong leadership we will soon be living in a country with concrete bollards to prevent “trucks of peace”, and we will have armed police and soldiers patrolling our streets. A ban of certain firearms won’t make a lick of difference.

We either put some serious thought into how to protect our country and make some hard and unpopular decisions or we will be just like Europe, getting unsafer by the day.

Trump is prepared to protect America’s borders. We need to do the same. Who we let into our country is vitally important and those already in our country who wish us harm need to be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

Ardern has put no thought into whether her knee jerk law changes will actually make us safer or what the consequences might be. I can tell you right now what the consequences will be. This new law change is a slippery slope that will lead to disarming the population so that we are even more vulnerable to terrorism.

Nothing stops a cowardly terrorist quite like an armed citizen shooting back. The only reason why this terrorist was able to be stopped is because our police had access to firearms. Ardern herself is protected by armed men.

I want the legal right to defend my family. I currently am not even allowed to carry pepper spray. An unarmed population is a vulnerable population. We were a soft target for the terrorist. It is time to harden up and protect our New Zealand family.