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New Zealand Police Raid Firearms Collector’s House and Take his Guns

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A New Zealand gun collector’s guns were recently seized during a raid conducted by the police.

According to a report from Stuff.co.nz, the gun collector said that the police went “way over the top” when they raided his house to seize his 11 firearms.

This respected community figure asked to not be named for security reasons.

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He claimed that 30 police raided his west Christchurch home on April 2 while he was busy at work.

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The police that raided his house were Armed Offenders Squad members and some were in ordinary police uniform.

The distraught firearms collector said that law enforcement interacted with both his daughter and mother in shocking fashion.

They even went through her underwear drawer. The worst thing was they pointed a rifle at my 12-year-old daughter who was picking up horse poo. They told her to put the fork down and walk towards them. She is still anxious and shaken. The whole family is.

Police then called him while he was at work. He made arrangements to stand in the middle of his yard and have the police leave their guns in their vehicles.

The gun collector gave an account of his encounter with the police:

They still pointed their guns at me and made me walk towards them with my hands up. I got to them and said, “put that away before you hurt yourself”.

According to the gun collector, he thinks the police might have wanted to talk to him because of his purchase of an AR-15 rifle after the Christchurch Mosque shooting. The mosque shooter used an AR-15 style rifle which is now banned under New Zealand’s new gun control laws.

However, the gun collector is still waiting for an explanation from the police. The man does not believe police were acting on a tip that he was dangerous. Nevertheless, the police refused to make any comments citing privacy concerns.

A police spokesperson said, “Unfortunately for privacy reasons we can’t respond to requests which seek to confirm whether specific individuals have made complaints to police, or if police have attended a specific address.”

In the gun collector’s view, the number of police officers that came to his house was over the top and that a visit from a local police officer would have sufficed.

He concluded, “I can’t understand why they needed that many armed police to come in here to ask me my views on this and then seize my gun.”

In the aftermath of the New Zealand shooting, calls for gun control have re-ignited in the U.S.

Despite already having strict gun laws, New Zealand passed a new set of gun control measures after the Christchurch shooting.

Now, American politicians like Bernie Sanders want the U.S. to follow New Zealand’s example by banning so-called “assault weapons” and placing more restrictions on civilian gun ownership.

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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?

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Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?

Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.

Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”

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However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.

The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.

In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.

One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.

The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”

The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”

Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”

Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.

His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”

Sanders responded, “Yes.”

Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.

All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.

Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.

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