New Zealand just banned all military-style, semi-automatic assault rifles after the Christchurch mosque attack.
Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, told the country the ban was in effect on Thursday.
What if the next terrorist decides to drive a truck into a crowd instead?
Banning guns is treating the symptom instead of the root cause, in my opinion.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday that military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles will be banned under stronger new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country’s worst mass shooting.
Ardern said she expects the new law to be in place by April 11 and [that a] buy-back scheme will be established for banned weapons.
“Now, six days after this attack, we are announcing a ban on all military-style semi-automatics (MSSA) and assault rifles in New Zealand,” Ardern said.
“Related parts used to convert these guns into MSSAs are also being banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.” (source: Reuters)
Ardern said there would be amnesty would be allowed for those to hand in the banned weapons.
As expected, the military and police and a few others will be granted exemptions.
‘To owners who have legitimate uses for their guns, I want to reiterate that the actions being announced today are not because of you, and are not directed at you. Our actions, on behalf of all New Zealanders, are directed at making sure this never happens again,” Ardern added.
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I would be curious to know how many assault weapons are in New Zealand — and if they have strict registration requirements, as we do in the United States.
I see they are blaming the “barrage of derogatory messages online” on the “U.S. pro-gun lobby,” just as the Democrats blame Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election on alleged Russian meddling.
Scapegoats and propaganda will get them nowhere.
It looks like the adversary wins this round.
This piece originally appeared in WayneDupree.com and is used by permission.
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