As you know, the Kiwi Gun Blog has launched a campaign for mandatory, minimum and non parole sentencing for armed offenders.
We then asked every MP for their view. To know if they would support the idea if a conscience vote was held. This would allow them to vote freely, not according to party.
Well they slithered. The refereed the matter to their justice spokespeople. They thanked us for our views, as if no question was even asked. Some ignored our contact all together.
But we are still pushing and keeping a list of replies – like Santa would.
Here is the Green Party Response
This from Tania Sawicki Mead, the Political and Media Advisor to the Green Party. On behalf of their Justice Spokesperson, David Clendon.
Who didn’t even sign the following:
Thank you for your request about the Green Party’s policy on firearms offending in New Zealand.
Penalties for criminal offending are a matter for the caucus to decide in the Green Party so are not a conscience vote.
The Green Party does not support higher mandatory sentences for criminal offending. Judicial discretion is an important element of the separation of parliament and the judiciary, and mandatory sentences ultimately function has politicians making judgements irrespective of the specific facts of a case.
Our policy is to reduce New Zealand’s dependence on prisons and make greater use of alternatives. Research shows that community-based sentences have a significant effect on lowering re-imprisonment and re-conviction rates compared to prison.
With respect to reducing firearms offending specifically, we are interested in the benefits and costs of a low fee, centralised gun registration system and database. In Government we would also reduce the firearms licencing period from ten years to five, and review the vetting procedures in the firearms acquisition certificate, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.
Right. So the collective decides – the hell with New Zealand’s established system of democracy.
Those who offend with guns belong in the community.
Certainly no longer punishments for offending with guns.
Oh and total gun registration and a five year license term.
As for the ‘firearms acquisition certificate’ they mention…. The Kiwi Gun Blog believes that they have confused Canadian Gun Law for ours. Wow.
Anyway – vetting needs to be improved for that.
That we don’t have.
The Kiwi Gun Blog is following up with David Clendon to confirm that the Greens are indeed this confused.
The Kiwi Gun Blow has followed up to ask the benefits of registration, halving the license period and to ask what the actual f#@k a ‘firearms acquisition certificate’ is and how its current vetting is lacking.
These guys are actually more oblivious than Labour on this issue.
Just a reminder
The Green Party have just changed their website and removed any mention of guns. But the following was there:
In order to reduce risks associated with guns and their use in crime, the Green Party will:
Make private ownership of fully functional semi-automatic weapons illegal.
Investigate the benefits and costs of a low fee, centralised gun registration system and database.
Reduce the licensing period from ten years to five, in line with practices in the UK, Australia, and Canada.
Review the vetting procedures in the firearms acquisition certificate, to ensure that they are in line with best practice.