Americans who are lukewarm over supporting the 2nd Amendment should take a long look at New Zealand, say advocates for gun rights.
Still reeling from the March 15 massacre that killed 49 people at a mosque, New Zealanders are witnessing their government respond within hours by vowing to ban semi-automatic weapons and “high-capacity” magazines, and declare some firearms illegal if they are not turned in to police.
“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Prime Minister Jacinda Arden declared at a press conference.
Arden went on say the legislation, which includes a mandatory buyback program, would be implemented in early April.
The country’s cabinet met after the shooting and declared it would “overhaul the law,” referring to a 1980s firearms law that affects a country of 4 million people with an estimated 1.2 million guns in circulation, CNN reported.
New Zealand’s almost-overnight plan to ban and confiscate firearms didn’t go unnoticed in the United States, where Hillary Clinton used Twitter to praise the speed of Arden’s “leadership” that is banning firearms “just six days” after the Christchurch mosque.
"I see a lot of people who like to say 'Nobody is coming for your guns' celebrating this confiscation effort," remarked Stephen Gutowski, a Washington Free Beacon staff writer who is also a firearms instructor.
“Any American politician," observed 2nd Amendment activist Cam Edwards, also via Twitter, "who vaguely praises New Zealand’s ‘action’ or even it’s new ‘gun ban’ should be asked if they specifically support the confiscation of millions of legally owned firearms here in the U.S., and why or why not."
"I'm not sure there's anything we can do to help New Zealand,” Mike Hammond, legislative counsel to Gun Owners of America, tells OneNewsNow. “They elected this repressive government (and) I guess they're going to have to live with it."