According to gun advocates, the Police have an agenda, which is to disarm the population to cement the power of the state. It sounds a bit far fetched most of the time. New Zealand is not a police state.
But how do the Police defend their actions in charging this dairy owner?
Singh's lawyer Greg King said the case had been enormously stressful for his client.
"The guy was stabbed in front of his wife and his nine-year-old daughter in an extremely difficult situation.
"His nephew had his hand cut. His neighbour in the shop next door had her face smashed open with a piece of wood. Her husband had died three months beforehand, who is my client's best friend.
"To find himself at the end of that being charged and having to come to court with all the stress that that involves, it has been a very difficult time for him."
Here is the police's defence:
Crown prosecutor Deborah Marshall said Singh used excessive force on two youths, Enrique Panui and Damien Manuel.
She said Singh beat Mr Panui with a hockey stick while Mr Panui was face down on the ground with Singh's nephew sitting on him.
I think there is a good case for the police to face charges. Where were they when Mr Singh was being attacked? If they can't be everywhere are once, why do they insist on charging people who do their job for them?
We need a law change so that crime victims are able to defend themselves and retaliate with force, if still alive and able. There is a good case for removal all protections currently enjoyed by criminals who attack people in their own home / businesses. Victims should have immunity from prosecution in all but extreme cases. Criminals should be much more careful what they do on other peoples' property.
I vote Deborah Marshall gets to spend a few weeks working in an Auckland dairy as punishment for her going along with this silly police stunt.
The Herald suggests that there should at least be more clarity for self defence cases. People need to know their rights. I agree with that.
One wonders if you are legally required to have a larger duster, a longer 4x2, a heavier crowbar, a larger knife and bigger gun just so you can provide a reasonably fair fight for the intruder? It doesn't make any sense.