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Topic # 192059 25-Feb-2016 17:04
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Within a month there have been two instances of MP's being assaulted, now I'm not a fan of the MP's who were attacked but don't believe that justifies assaulting them. 

 

 

 

Are these just isolated instances or is there really trouble brewing and that people have had enough of the current Govt?


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  Reply # 1499256 25-Feb-2016 17:09
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As far as i'm concerned these attackers should be thrown in jail for a month or two. 

 

This is becoming a thing-- just like taking car keys from tourists is now also a 'thing'. 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1499258 25-Feb-2016 17:11
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While throwing things in a manner not intended to injure at someone _might_ meet the legal definition of assault, I really struggle with what happened to them being defined as "assaulted". 

 

Now if someone assaults an MP to the point they are bruised, bloody, or hospitalized, then we can talk about their safety being an issue.





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  Reply # 1499264 25-Feb-2016 17:17
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As far as i'm concerned these attackers should be thrown in jail for a month or two. 

 

 

You are clearly somewhat divorced from the realities of the New Zealand criminal system. Unless there are seriously aggravating circumstances you generally don't go to jail for assaults quite a bit further up the scale than this. Generally the offender gets a fine, reparation, and sometimes community service.

 

Just form the paper this morning, a publican got jumped by a couple of drunk thugs, beaten fairly soundly, and they got small fines.

 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/77235486/Assaulted-West-Coast-publican-angry-after-charge-dropped





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The folks carrying out these attacks are lucky they live here in many countries they would have been shot by the minders. I think the security of our MP's needs to be tightened up.





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  Reply # 1499286 25-Feb-2016 17:56
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No security doesn't need to be tightened up.

 

We live in a country where people are largely peaceful and putting up barriers between the people and politicians is a bad idea.

 

You are much more likely to be assaulted if you are a doctor or nurse or paramedic than politician.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1499299 25-Feb-2016 18:04
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This is a bit silly having two converging topics.

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