Today we bring to you that sad news that a two year old child has lost her life after being shot with a sawn off shotgun.
There are believed to be more than 1 million firearms in circulation in New Zealand, and not a single one of them is registered. Authorities have, quite simply, lost control of guns in the country and have no idea of who owns what, or how they’re stored. Occasionally there are reports of private arsenals stolen from homes where machine guns have been taken.
Virtually every day there is a story about gun crime somewhere in the country, we’ve largely stopped reporting them to our readers, this isn’t a gun blog. Here’s a tweet from earlier last month where police ask the public to help track down an armed offender…
Up until today the most recent gun outrage was the murder of two female government workers and the wounding of another in Ashburton – a siege that went largely unnoticed by the world’s media. A man walked into a WINZ office with a shotgun and tried to kill as many people as he could. Before that there was the Napier Siege, the Kawerau siege, the armed standoff in Coromanel where children were caught up in a gun fight, the park in Auckland where three people were injured in a shoot out, farmers who are shot on their properties by persons unknown, children who are killed in drive by shootings, courier drivers that die in police crossfire on busy motorways, people who get their homes shot up, and the regular everyday humdrum of the armed offenders squad being called out to deal with yet another nutter with a gun and a grievance.
Here’s a report about the latest shooting, as told by the Daily Mail.co.uk. New Zealand’s gun crime is starting to get international attention, and with good reason…
A man has been charged over the death of a two-year-old girl who suffered a gunshot wound. Emergency services were called to a Mangere property on Favona Road in northern New Zealand where they discovered the body of a toddler just before midday on Thursday.
The 26-year-old man was taken into custody where he was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. He will appear in the Manukau District Court on Friday morning.
A witness, who lived nearby, said they saw a man appearing distressed as he was escorted from the property by police shortly after the incident. ‘He was visibly upset and quite distraught. He was being escorted down the footpath wearing a white police jumpsuit,’ the witness told NZ Stuff. ‘He was absolutely hysterical.’
A woman who lived on the street said she heard a ‘loud explosion’ shortly before. ‘I heard a very loud bang and then some people were getting on the next-door berm. Someone was crying really loudly. It was very sad sobbing,’ she told NZ Herald.
During a press conference on Thursday, Detective Inspector Faa Va’aelua said he was unable to determine whether the death was an accident. ‘On arrival, we found the lifeless body of a two-year-old toddler, a young girl,’ Det Insp Va’aelua said. ‘Our inquiries have so far revealed that she has suffered a gunshot wound that has proven fatal.’ source
A few weeks ago police expressed their concerns after 11 automatic weapons were stolen from a Dargaville property, they included submachine guns and assault rifles. It was the latest in a string of firearms burglaries in the ‘lawless north’, with at least 20 weapons stolen in less than a month. But that was as nothing compared to the massive arsenal that was stolen from a Bucklands Beach home. Here’s the list of armaments that were taken in daylight from a house that was metres away from a primary school:
Caesar Guerini” (brand)
• 1 x Forum 12 guage field gun
• 1 x Forum 12 guage sporter impact
• 1 x Elipse Evo 20 guage field gun and another 28 guage barrel
• 4 x semi automatic shotguns
• “Browning” (brand)
• 2 x 12 guage, 2 shot semi automatic (1966)
• 1 x Berretta .22 rifle semi automatic (1966)
• 1 x Browning 20 guage semi automatic 5 shot shotgun
• 1 x Winchester Martini Actim .22 collection gun
• 1 x Remington 30/30 lever action collectors gun
• 1 x Remington 1187 Camo 12 guage semi automatic shotgun
• 1 x Parkerdale Safari 30-06 rifle
The suspects also took 5000 rounds of shotgun ammunition
It is surprisingly easy to buy guns in New Zealand, until quite recently you could buy one by mail order with a forged gun licence – until local reporters shamed the police into closing that loophole.
Quite simply, New Zealand’s gun crime is out of control and authorities are doing little to tackle it