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New Zealand bureaucrats to determine who is “fit & proper” to have a firearm

From Yahoo: New Zealand’s government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right.

The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country, and require gun owners to renew their gun licenses every five years instead of every 10. It would also allow police to weigh other factors such as a person’s mental health and even what they had been posting on social media to determine whether they were fit to own a gun.

The government hopes lawmakers will approve the legislation by the end of the year.

The proposed measures come after New Zealand in April rushed through legislation to ban so-called military-style weapons such as AR-15 style rifles after a lone gunman in March killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.

The government has launched a buyback scheme to compensate people for the outlawed semi-automatics, and has so far collected and destroyed more than 3,200 weapons. The gun buyback and amnesty runs until December.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she thinks the vast majority of New Zealanders disagree with the U.S. model under which gun ownership is seen as a constitutional right and is interpreted by many to be a defense against potential government overreach.

Ardern said that growing up in a rural farming area, she always understood New Zealanders had a practical need for owning guns. “But at the same time I don’t think that extends to this view that every New Zealand citizen has the need and right to generally arm itself,” she said. “We’re a society that I think has always drawn that very clear distinction.”

She said that, for instance, there was no plan to arm New Zealand police, who typically patrol without carrying guns. “I think we do see a difference between who we are as a society and the way that our police force works — and others,” Ardern said.

People with recent serious convictions are banned from owning guns. The new law would also allow police to investigate others and potentially ban them for reasons such as if they were promoting violence or extremism, had serious mental health issues, or had attempted suicide.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said the legislation would allow police to monitor people’s social media accounts to determine whether they were fit to own weapons.

“What we do know is that the Christchurch terrorist was engaged on some sites which were promoting some pretty horrific material,” Nash said. “So that’s one thing police will have the ability to assess when they determine if someone is fit and proper to have a firearms license.”

Read the whole story here.

See also: “New Zealand begins its gun “buyback collection

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New Zealand begins its gun “buyback collection”

I prefer to call this scheme “compensated confiscation.”

From MSN: New Zealand has started the first of more than 250 gun buyback collections for banned military-style semi-automatic weapons in the wake of the Christchurch mosque massacres.

Police have set up the first firearms collection event just a few kilometres away from where a lone gunman opened fire at two Christchurch mosques in March, killing 51 people.

The Australian man accused of the killings, Brenton Tarrant, is alleged to have used an arsenal of five weapons, including two military-style semi-automatic rifles, in the attacks on two Christchurch mosques. Mr Tarrant in June pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges, as well as 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder.

New Zealand police said they had paid about $200,000 to dozens of gun owners handing in their weapons in the first hours of the buyback event.

In the wake of the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history, MPs voted 119-1 to outlaw military-style semi-automatics, which allow the rapid fire of high-calibre bullets.

The Government is offering money for every gun handed back by a licensed owner, with the total cost of the scheme estimated at NZ$218 million ($207 million).

Chris Cahill from the Police Association said he expects a positive response. “We needed these semi-automatic assault rifles out of the community, but it’s appropriate that people who have had to hand them in are compensated for it,” he said.

But Nicole McKee from the Council of Licensed Firearms Owners said the compensation package was not fair and reasonable. “It happened so quickly that there was no democratic process involved and there were no discussions involved with the community that had been affected,” she said.

There are concerns too that farming communities, which rely on firearms for hunting and pest control, will suffer because of the weapons ban.

Professor Kevin Clements from Otago University told ABC’s The World program that general public opinion was “completely in favour” of the measures, despite complaints from gun owners. “The reality is we’ve got twice as many weapons per capita as you have in Australia, and six times as many as exists in the United Kingdom,” he said.

So on a per-capita basis New Zealand is a fairly over-gunned society, and those guns kill people, in suicides and homicides and so forth, at the rate of about one a day.”

He said New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern had responded in much the same way as John Howard after the Port Arthur mass shooting.

But he said some in the gun lobby were urging firearms holders not to hand over their weapons and to bury them instead, and that many were disappointed that ammunition would not be compensated.

Some 258 collection events will be held across New Zealand over the next three months, and police expect tens of thousands of guns to be surrendered.

Licensed firearms owners will have six months to surrender weapons that have now been deemed illegal under the scheme, with an amnesty ensuring they will not face prosecution during that period.

After the amnesty expires, possession of prohibited firearms is punishable by up to five years in jail.

Police Minister Stuart Nash said police knew of 14,300 registered military-style semi-automatic rifles and there were an estimated 1.2 million firearms in the community, with the vast majority still legal under the new rules.

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New Zealand prime minister says, “Our gun laws will change”

About New Zealand’s gun laws:

Gun licenses are issued at the discretion of the police in New Zealand provided the police consider the person to be of good standing and without criminal, psychiatric or drug issues as well as meeting other conditions such as having suitable storage facilities. Several different categories of licenses are permitted, with the lowest one permitting access to restricted semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, with limited capacity, while the higher levels which permit fully automatic weaponry and pistols are rarely issued to civilians.”

From MSN: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Saturday morning that “our gun laws will change” following the mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 people dead.

“There were five guns used by the primary perpetrator,” she said at a news conference in Wellington. “There were two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns. The offender was in possession of a gun license. I’m advised this was acquired in November of 2017. A lever-action firearm was also found.”

She said the suspect, identified as (name left out on purpose; #nonotoriety), obtained a gun license in November 2017 and began purchasing guns legally in December 2017.

“While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now. Our gun laws will change.” Ardern said.

Until Friday, the biggest massacre in the country’s history happened 30 years ago, when a man named David Gray went on a shooting rampage, killing 13 people.

Following that attack, the nation’s gun laws — which were first passed in 1983 — came under scrutiny. The ensuing debate led to a 1992 amendment on the regulation of military-style semi-automatic firearms.

Despite those laws, New Zealand’s weapons legislation is considered more relaxed than most Western countries outside of the USA. Gun owners do need a license but they aren’t required to register their guns — unlike in neighboring Australia.

While authorities do not know exactly how many legally or illegally owned firearms are currently in circulation in New Zealand, estimates put the number at about 1.2 million, according to New Zealand Police. This figure equates to about one gun for every three people — a rate that is considered high when compared with Australia, which has 3.15 million guns, approximately one for every eight people.

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Due to delaying work and marriage, scientists say adulthood now begins at 24

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From The Telegraph: Adulthood does not begin until 24, scientists have concluded because young people are continuing their education for longer and delaying marriage and parenthood.
The traditional definition for adolescence is currently between and the ages of 10 and 19, which marked the beginnings of puberty and the perceived end of biological growth.
But, writing in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, scientists from the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne argue the timings needs to be changed.
They point to the fact that the brain continues to mature beyond the age of 20, and many people’s wisdom teeth do not come through until the age of 25.
And people are also getting married and having children later, with the average man entering their first marriage aged 32.5 and women 30.6, an increase of eight years since the 1970s.
Lead author Prof Susan Sawyer, said delays in young people leaving education, settling down and becoming parents, showed adolescence was now longer and argued that policies that support youth should be extended beyond teenage years.
Countries such as New Zealand already treat children who have been in care as vulnerable until they are 25, allowing them the same rights as youngsters. “Age definitions are always arbitrary,” she said, but “our current definition of adolescence is overly restricted.”
“The ages of 10-24 years are a better fit with the development of adolescents nowadays.”
However other academics argued that just because young people were unmarried or still in education did not mean they were not fully functioning adults.
But Dr. Jan Macvarish, a parenting sociologist at the University of Kent, told the BBC: “There is nothing inevitably infantilising about spending your early 20s in higher education or experimenting in the world of work. Society should maintain the highest possible expectations of the next generation.”
Prof. Sawyer also admits there could be downsides to the plan, particularly if youngsters were no longer seen as responsible or capable of full engagement in society until they were 24. “Such a view would risk disenfranchising adolescents and undermines their rights to fully participate in society,” she added.
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Controversial campaign promoting childhood consent for hugs and kisses sparks outcry online

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From Daily Mail: A controversial campaign encouraging parents to teach their children about consent from a young age has prompted widespread debate online.
The meme which first started circulating in October and has since resurfaced features a picture of a young blonde girl. The photo is accompanied with the words: ‘I am five. My body is my body. Don’t force me to kiss or hug. I am learning about consent and your support on this will help me keep safe for the rest of my life.’
The meme was recently shared by New Zealand organisation Safe kids, thriving families who were supportive of the message.
They accompanied the meme with a status which read: ‘Supporting our children’s understanding of body autonomy has a lifelong reach. Let’s do all we can to normalise a child’s right to do what they want with their own bodies.
The post has since been shared over 50,000 times and has hundreds of comments, with opinion from parents very much divided.
Many parents agreed that the meme was spreading a positive message to children and their families.
Chantelle wrote: ‘If a person wants to hug, kiss or otherwise physically interact with a certain person and it is mutual: great!If its not mutual its not ok.Children are taught to respect property, why cant adults respect them?’
Becca agreed adding: ‘Teaching our little ones boundaries and respect for their own bodies and that of others is vital!
‘If an adult is making a child feel uncomfortable in any way “they” are in the wrong. Not the child. Back off. Love and respect are earned, not forced or taken.’
Courtney: ‘Omg what’s so difficult to understand. If a child doesn’t want to hug or kiss someone they shouldn’t have to.
‘It may be innocent to you but if a child feels uncomfortable with it they should be able to say that to their parent.’
However, while many considered it to be an important message as many completely disagreed arguing that children should be encouraged to show affection. 
Donna argued: ‘So, we are going to make something innocent and used as a show of affection and turn it into something perverted?
‘THIS is what is inherently wrong with our country. Human beings scientifically NEED touch for survival. It releases much needed endorphins which produce positive feelings in human beings.’
Read the rest of the story here.
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For the Tolkien fan traveling to New Zealand

Are you fed up with politics? Me too. Here’s a link for an armchair journey through Peter Jackson’s filming locations in New Zealand. Click Me

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23 LORD OF THE RINGS LOCATIONS YOU CAN’T MISS IN NEW ZEALAND

WHERE WAS THE LORD OF THE RINGS FILMED IN NEW ZEALAND?
As soon as you start leave the cities in New Zealand it is completely obvious that this is Middle-earth. Any of the rolling green hills could be The Shire. Then you are in for some spectacular Lord of the Rings scenery as you approach the grand mountains and forests in the South Island.
Arguably, it was the success of The Lord of the Rings movies that showcased New Zealand’s sheer beauty to the world. Now you can visit these locations on a road trip around New Zealand. We have only listed the Lord of the Rings locations that you can get to via hiking track, gravel road or sealed road, otherwise you would need a helicopter to get to some of the more remote places.
Die-hard fans might want to consider a Lord of the Rings tour to see some secret filming locations, which often includes costumes to re-enact scenes. Get your geek on!
https://www.backpackerguide.nz/11-lord-of-the-rings-locations-you-cant-miss-in-new-zealand/


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The Hobbit goes flying: Air NZ's epic safety video

New Zealand is and will always be the closest we’d ever get to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth.
Epic!
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I can hardly wait for December 17, when the 3rd of The Hobbit movie trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” comes to our movie screens.
It’ll be bitter sweet — probably our last visit to Middle-earth as the Tolkien Estate has not given screen rights approval to Tolkien’s other literary works beyond The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
H/t GoodNewsNetwork and FOTM’s CSM
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The Left approve of stealing your bank savings

Five days ago, on March 16, 2013, the people of Cyprus were told by the grand poobahs of the Eurozone that as much as 10% of the deposits in their personal bank accounts would be “levied”, in exchange for a $13 billion (€10 billion) bail-out of their heavily indebted country to avoid bankruptcy and a banking collapse.
Cyprus is a small island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea to the east of Greece, and a member of the European Union (EU). The Eurozone is an economic and monetary union of 17 EU member states that have adopted the euro (€) as their common currency and sole legal tender.
The Eurozone’s levy was contingent on the approval of the Cypriot parliament, but parliament resoundingly rejected the levy. Meanwhile, to prevent a bank run, banks in Cypriot will remain closed “until next week”, euphemistically called a “bank holiday”.
If you need the grave import of what happened clearly spelled out, here it is:

  1. Money in our personal bank accounts is PRIVATE PROPERTY.
  2. The proposed levy, therefore, is THEFT/ROBBERY.
  3. This is not just another “tax.” This bank levy is particularly pernicious because what is proposed is the seizure of privately-owned bank deposits that had been guaranteed by the government, much like the FDIC bank deposits in the United States. What value does such a guarantee have if it can be withdrawn at will without any advance notice?
  4. A “bank holiday” means you can’t gain access to YOUR OWN MONEY.
  5. Although Cypriot’s parliament rejected the levy, the damage is already done. The Rubicon has been crossed: the idea of “wealth taxation,” that is the involuntary confiscation of privately-owned property, has now been breached. Sure enough, faster than you can say “Jiminy Cricket,” the governments of two other countries — New Zealand and Spain — already are making similar levy noises.

In case you’re doubtful about what the Left here in America think of this theft, below are the approving comments made by the elite of the American Left, posted on Twitchy, March 18, 2013.
FYI:

  • Daniel Weston is a hedge fund manager.
  • Robert Reich was labor secretary in Bill Clinton’s administration and currently Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Steven Greenhouse is a labor and workplace correspondent for the New York Times.
  • Jeffrey Sachs is an economist and director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

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American libs support Cyprus-style wealth confiscation scheme, while bailout roils world markets; Update: Cyprus reportedly stalls bailout vote

Posted at 5:45 am on March 18, 2013 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments 13
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Cyprus depositors should take the deal, getting off easy comprd 2 the wealth tax coming on citizens in other over indebted countries ahead.
Daniel Weston (@danielweston83) March 17, 2013
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Robert Reich @RBReich

Why any sensible tax reform should include a wealth tax on the vast accumulations of wealth at the top. https://robertreich.org/#.UQHU3ySLN6U.twitter …
12:42 AM – 25 Jan 13
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Steven Greenhouse @greenhousenyt

To cut deficit, some say U.S. should look beyond income tax to creating a tax on households’ overall wealth https://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/business/yourtaxes/a-wealth-tax-would-look-beyond-income.html?_r=1& …
3:37 PM – 10 Feb 13
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Daily Kos         @dailykos

GOP cranks up class warfare again with tax-break plans. Time for a wealth tax https://bit.ly/XG9MVM 
2:49 PM – 21 Oct 12
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A big h/t to FOTM’s Anon.

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North Korea: "I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"

big bad wolfMore Porky Pig than Big Bad Wolf: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un

The psychotic regime in North Korea has become even more unhinged lately.
After the UN voted to impose new sanctions on Pyongyang for its recent nuclear test, the regime threatened a pre-emptive nuclear attack on the United States.
Then, protesting the beginning of annual joint US-South Korea military exercises, Pyongyang unilaterally declares it has voided the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War, and warned that the next step was an act of “merciless” military retaliation against its enemies.
Because the Korean War was concluded with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, the two Koreas have always remained technically at war. Voiding the ceasefire theoretically opens the way to a resumption of hostilities, although observers note this is far from the first time that North Korea has announced the demise of the armistice.
Pyongyang’s huffing-and-puffing has inspired The Civilian, a prankster “news” site in New Zealand to post the alarming news that Pyongyang is threatening a nuclear attack on New Zealand, Iceland, and Turkmenistan! (H/t FOTM’s joworth)

So how credible and how effective are North Korea’s threats?

From The Guardian: Although North Korea boasts of nuclear bombs and pre-emptive strikes, it is not thought to have mastered the ability to produce a warhead small enough to put on a missile capable of reaching the US. It is believed to have enough nuclear fuel, however, for a handful of cruder devices. The White House said North Korea’s threats would only lead to Pyongyang’s further international isolation and declared that the United States was ‘fully capable’ of defending against any North Korean missile attack by quickly and easily intercepting any incoming missile.
From Reuters: Even North Korea’s sole ally, the People’s Republic of China, is backing away from Pyongyang. China’s U.N. Ambassador Li Baodong said Beijing wanted to see “full implementation” of the new Security Council resolution, which tightens financial restrictions on Pyongyang and cracks down on its attempts to ship and receive banned cargo.
See also my post of Jan. 27, 2013, “North Koreans driven to cannibalism from famine and govt mismanagement.”

Update (March 15):

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today that the U.S. is deploying 14 new ground-based missile interceptors, probably in Alaska. While officials didn’t say specifically why the missiles are being deployed, but the announcement comes as North Korea has been making bellicose threats to void the armistice that ended the Korean War and launch a nuclear attack on the U.S. The U.S. and South Korea began annual military drills this week despite the North Korean threats.
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No kitty for you!

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New Zealand environmental advocate launches campaign to ban cats as pets

Fox News: Gareth Morgan has a simple dream: a New Zealand free of pet cats that threaten native birds. But the environmental advocate has triggered a claws-out backlash with his new anti-feline campaign.
Morgan called on his countrymen Tuesday to make their current cat their last  in order to save the nation’s unique bird species. He set up a website, called Cats To Go, depicting a tiny kitten with red devil’s horns. The opening line:  “That little ball of fluff you own is a natural born killer.”
He doesn’t recommended people euthanize their current cats — “Not  necessarily but that is an option are the site’s exact words — but rather  neuter them and not replace them when they die. Morgan, an economist and  well-known businessman, also suggests people keep cats indoors and that local governments make registration mandatory.
Morgan’s campaign is not sitting well in a country that boasts one of the  highest cat ownership rates in the world. “I say to Gareth Morgan, butt out of our lives,” Bob Kerridge, the president  of the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told  the current affairs television show Campbell Live. “Don’t deprive us of the  beautiful companionship that a cat can provide individually and as a family.”
For thousands of years, New Zealand’s native birds had no predators and  flourished. Some species, like the kiwi, became flightless. But the arrival of  mankind and its introduction of predators like cats, dogs and rodents has wiped  out some native bird species altogether and endangered many others.
“Imagine a New Zealand teeming with native wildlife, penguins on the beach,  kiwis roaming about in your garden,” Morgan writes on his website. “Imagine  hearing birdsong in our cities.”
But many New Zealanders are against the campaign. Even on Morgan’s website,  70 percent on Tuesday were voting against making their current cat their  last.
Morgan could not be reached on Tuesday.
And the science remains unclear. Some argue that cats may actually help native birds by reducing the population of rodents, which sometimes feed on bird eggs.
Morgan’s separate personal blog, in fact, has a separate campaign to raise $1  million to eradicate mice from the remote Antipodes Islands, where rodents are  the only predators.
A 2011 survey by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council found that 48  percent of households in New Zealand owned at least one cat, a significantly  higher rate than in other developed nations. The survey put the total cat  population at 1.4 million.
In the U.S., 33 percent of households own at least one cat for a total of 86  million domestic cats, according to a 2012 survey by the American Pet Products  Association.
Scientist David Winter said cats are indeed a problem in New Zealand, having  contributed to the extinction of at least half a dozen New Zealand bird species.  Writing on his blog “The Atavism,” Winter said Morgan’s campaign appeared  designed to “start conversations.”
Still, he added, “What hope is there for environmentalists in conversation where our side wants to take people’s kittens away?”
There is no conversation to be had if you try and take away my kitties (Baby, pictured above)! Silly man…
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