gun control

Far too much policy is driven by mañana: when tomorrow comes we panic.

It was political genius to establish a royal commission to consider the role of the security agencies in the mosque massacres. I did not know that Simon Bridges, who first proposed it, had it in him.

Pervez Musharraf arrested for allegedly putting judiciary members under house arrest; North Korea sets conditions for talks with US; New Zealand makes international stir with same-sex marriage law; gun control bill defeated in US Senate; US sends soldiers to Jordan; and more

Top of the Agenda: Pakistani Court Orders Arrest of Musharraf

South Korea says possibility of missile launch by North Korea "very high"; China pledges another $548 million to Cambodia for infrastructure and irrigation projects; five UN peacekeepers killed in South Sudan; US Senate to vote on gun control; and more

Top of the Agenda: South Korea Ups Warnings of Attack From North

The Police have, after intensive lobbying, achieved a law change that could end up putting more guns in the hands of criminals

The Arms (Military Style Semi-automatic Firearms and Import Controls) Amendment Bill was passed by Parliament last week. This new law, when it comes into force, will allow the definition of a “military style semi-automatic” (MSSA) rifle to be specified by regulation, rather than directly in the Arms Act as was previously the case.

The government's announcement of tougher penalties for knife crimes is a preamble to the bigger, harder issue – gun control. Will it have the courage to tackle our gun culture in this political climate? And what about online sales?

Isn't it curious how quickly we forget? Fourteen months ago today, police were exchanging shots with Jan Molenaar in Napier and sending LAVs up to his front door.