The newly elected NZ First MP and InvestigateDaily columnist who hit the national headlines over Christmas because of his views on arming taxi drivers is to give the media and his critics even more to chew on: an entire book.
It was this commentary in the last issue of Investigate that created the controversy for Richard Prosser MP, when he wrote:
The United States Constitution provides the citizens of that great nation with the right to bear arms, as is well known; perhaps more surprising to New Zealanders today is the truth that so does our own. The English Bill of Rights 1689, as its seventh tenet, expressly states “That the subjects which are Protestants may have arms for their defence suitable to their conditions and as allowed by law.” In my view we should require our politicians to enshrine this right in legislation, and craft our laws according to it.
Instead, however, we hide behind the cowardly PC cop-out that comprises modern laws on self-defence, upholding the rights of criminals and punishing the innocent and the law-abiding. As another enlightened commentator put it, we seem to believe that a woman lying dead in an alleyway, beaten, raped, and then strangled with her own underwear, is somehow morally superior to another woman explaining to the cops that the dead thug bleeding out in the same alley only has nine slugs in him because her Glock jammed while firing the tenth.
It is well past high time that the tables were turned. As recently as 1973, every Bank in New Zealand had a pistol under the counter, and tellers undertook regular revolver training. Whose brilliantly stupid idea was it for that policy to be abandoned? As far as Yours Truly is concerned, dairy owners and householders alike damned well should be allowed to have a shotgun within reach, and taxi drivers as well as cops should almost be required to have at least a Walther PPK clipped to the sun visor. As for the aforementioned lady in the alleyway, any law that allows her to have a Derringer in her purse gets my vote. In Prosser’s ideal world, somebody on that ill-fated Norwegian island would have grabbed a rifle from the boot of their car as soon as Breivik started firing, and stopped the massacre before it had properly begun, as has happened a number of times in the US. And it goes without saying that the defenders of the innocent should be given a medal rather than dragged through the courts.
In the world of the quick soundbite, the context was cut to this:
Mr Prosser says Norway’s recent mass killing by Anders Behring Breivik “put the spotlight on a number of human and societal failings” applicable to New Zealand.
“As recently as 1973 every bank in New Zealand had a pistol under the counter and tellers undertook regular revolver training.
“Whose brilliantly stupid idea was it for that policy to be abandoned?”
He suggests “dairy owners and householders alike” should be allowed to have a “shotgun within reach, and taxi drivers as well as cops should almost be required to have at least a Walther PPK clipped to the sun visor”.
Prosser says that because his commentaries for Investigate are a “matter of public record”, the decision to publish the provocative commentaries in one easy to read book made sense.
The book is called “Uncommon Dissent: The Evolution of a Kiwi Nationalist”, and Howling At The Moon Publishing’s website reports the book will go on sale late January.