Handle on Non-Lethal Force For Change
Following the recent Queensland multi-tased death arrest I have noticed a consistent representation of views on blogs and media comment pages that validates my concerns that the general populace would go along with this fear of crime thing. (manufactured consent?)
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Much of it is predicated on drug myths. (much the same as crack, crank and meth led to up scaling from .38's to .45 and to automatics).
1:1 meetings this week with local [National] MP's only trot out more tough on behaviour, crime, tough on alcohol.... and meth. Despite all evidence to the contrary.
The BERL report(s) on drug harms released prior to the Law Commission discussion documents is a failure in due process as well as 'failure in reason' misstating the problem by orders of magnitude.
When can we expect someone factor in the benefits of 'common civility'.
No Media in New Zealand has written critically of the implication of applied, and now law, Class D drug policy. No Member of the House has regaled.
Yet, like BERL's reports, it's a MoH issue. Drugs=Minister's Warrant, Alcohol=Ministry's Brief.
Public perception... Taser'd means drugged.
Where is the 'legal' sector on this.?
Today's Police arbitrary 'handle on gun' ownership issue even cites Napier's 'Molenaar' incident while pot smoking was likely the very effective, safe and economic anti-anxiolotic scientific research shows it to be and, was by the perpetrators community actions, 'mediating meth in the community' no good story can be told.
More guns will be found to be 'semi-automatic' and the cycle begins again. Any gun elevates drug [prohibition] harm. Feeds fear. Allocates more Money for Failure.
Professor of Law, Jock Young had it right back in the seventies. "deviancy amplifying" all right! BERL's economists wouldn't know a benefit or a behavior if they fell over them and RH. John Key wouldn't know a science adviser if one fell over him.
I recall a certain Minister of Health back in 1975 who, on enactment of the Misuse of Drugs Act, said that it 'would give the Police powers to which they were not entitled', how prophetic.
-- Blair Anderson ‹(•¿•)›