Phillip Hallam-Baker <> writes:

>People buy guns despite statistics that show that they are orders of
>magnitude more likely to be shot with the gun themselves rather than by an

Some years ago NZ abolished its offensive (fighter) air force (the choice was 
either to buy all-new, meaning refurbished, jets at a huge cost or abolish the 
capacity).  Lots of people got very upset about this, because it was leaving 
us defenceless.

(For people who are wondering why this position is silly, have a look at the
position of New Zealand on a world map.  The closest country with direct
access to us (in other words that wouldn't have to go through other countries
on the way here) is Peru, and they don't have any aircraft carriers).

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