The Daily Caller is reporting that the “second wave” of gun control measures in New Zealand is unfolding, clamping down even more on gun ownership in the island nation, with tighter gun licensing regulations and the establishment of a national firearms registry.
There is no Second Amendment-type provision in the New Zealand constitution, and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was quoted suggesting her citizens do not necessarily have a need to be armed.
This comes a little more than one week after the country staged its first gun “buyback” program, which reportedly got good reviews from gun prohibition groups in the U.S.
NPR reported that Shannon Watts with Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action said New Zealand’s quick actions “stand in stark contrast to the U.S.” Likewise, Andrew Patrick with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence is an example of “action and accountability in response to a horrific mass shooting that is unfortunately missing in the United States of America.”
“When it comes to moral and legislative responses to gun violence,” Patrick said, “American politicians could learn a lot by looking toward this small island in the South Pacific.”
But maybe they shouldn’t take a lesson, was the message three months ago from the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. After virtually all of the Democrats running for their party’s presidential nomination either agreed or failed to disavow New Zealand’s harsh actions, CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed in an Op-Ed, “By their silence the entire national Democratic Party, and especially those Democrats hoping to replace Donald Trump in 2020, have erased any doubt that they have graduated from being the ‘party of gun control’ to being the ‘party of gun confiscation.’”
This confiscatory approach to gun control follows in the wake of the mass shooting in Christchurch at two mosques. The lone gunman now in custody for that terror attack apparently said in an alleged manifesto that he had hoped the slaughter would cause a gun control discussion in the U.S.
As reported by the Washington Examiner at the time, in the manifesto, “the author claimed he wanted his use of guns to create conflict in the U.S. over gun control and the Second Amendment, deepening geographic, political, cultural, and racial fault lines that would lead to a civil war, setting up a worldwide conflict over race and reduce U.S. influence globally while ensuring the future of whites in North America.”
If the manifesto is accurate and was produced by the alleged gunman, he accomplished his mission and then some.
But like all gun control efforts, it appears the people ultimately paying the price are those who didn’t commit the crime.
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