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Politically Incorrect Show - Waitara Shooting

Radio Pacific's Politically Incorrect Show,
By Lindsay Perigo

Broadcast Midday, May 10, 2000

Good afternoon, KAYA ORAAAA & welcome to the Politically Incorrect Show on the free speech network, Radio Pacific, for Wednesday May 10, proudly sponsored by Neanderton Nicotine Ltd, the show that says bugger the politicians & bureaucrats & all the other bossyboot busybodies who try to run our lives with our money; that stands tall for free enterprise, achievement, profit & excellence against the state-worshippers in our midst; that stands above all for the most sacred thing in the universe, the liberty of the human individual.

[Music up, music down]

I'm sure I'm not the only talkback host driven to distraction by the parade of pontificators who have opined endlessly about the fatal shooting of a rampaging hooligan by an as-yet-unnamed police officer in Waitara. Yes, that's what talkback is for, & this IS the "free speech network," but I wish the same rush of concern & indignation would manifest itself every time our government tramples on our freedoms, which it does routinely. Instead, such trampling is greeted with apathetic indifference ... or outright applause.

As it happens, the government has reinforced its freedom-trampling credentials in the matter of this shooting, & I'd like to condense MY concern & indignation about that here. First, the foolish intervention of the Prime Minister herself when she joined the chorus of Politically Correct bleaters saying this was a race issue. There's a race issue here, all right, but not the one the Prime Minister suggests. It's that the shooting victim, Mr Wallace, is described as "Maori" while the shooting officer is described as "part-Maori," as though it were the pakeha part of him that did the shooting.

Worse than this, though, is the action of the Attorney-General, the devoutly Politically Correct Margaret Wilson - one of the greatest menaces to freedom in the country - in asking the Solicitor-General to ascertain whether the officer who shot Mr Wallace should be charged with murder. It's bad enough that a police investigating team is treating the matter as a homicide inquiry - for the Attorney-General to contemplate a murder charge publicly, especially before relevant reports have been completed, & to put the Solicitor-General onto the case, is outrageous. We know that this government will condone anything if it perpetrated by Maoris, but this is the limit. Some facts are already clear enough. Mr Wallace, having already spent half an hour or so smashing in shop windows with his baseball bat & golf club, was advancing on the officer. The officer warned Mr Wallace that he was armed & would shoot if he, Mr Wallace, didn't stop & throw down his weapons. Mr Wallace did not. The officer then fired a warning shot. Still Mr Wallace persisted. The officer then shot him in self-defence. Police officialdom should be loudly proclaiming his right to do so, not treating him as a murder suspect. (The only question in my mind, as I've said many times, is whether there couldn't be alternative ammunition, such as tranquilliser darts, in the police arsenal.)

Unfortunately, such a stance from the police would be hypocritical. They have pursued a policy for years of prosecuting civilians who use a firearm in self-defence. They are seeking the right to withhold permission to own a firearm explicitly for the purpose of self-defence. They, with the backing of our politicians, want to see us all disarmed & defenceless. In a very tragic way, the clamour of public denunciation of one of their own members for exercising HIS right to self-defence in the line of duty represents their chickens coming home to roost.

Let us hope that they learn from this.

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