A terrorist nut goes on a rampage and a nation loses freedom:
In the wake of the horrific events coming out of Christchurch, NZ, it’s not surprising that many are screaming for more gun control. This is especially true in New Zealand, a country which lacks our strong identification with firearms.
Now, the government is ready to proceed. Its efforts? Simple. Ban a number of semi-automatic firearms.
All military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in New Zealand following the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Thursday.“On 15 March our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place,” Ardern said at a press conference in the capital Wellington.The announcement came after the country’s cabinet agreed to overhaul the law and ban military-style semi-automatics and assault rifles 72 hours after the Christchurch attacks.“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern continued, adding that she hoped the law would be in place by April 11. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.”…The gun reform proposal will be introduced to Parliament in the first week of April. For it to come into effect, lawmakers need to vote on amending the existing legislation, the Arms Act 1983.In the interim, New Zealand Governor General Patsy Reddy has signed an order to reclassify some semi-automatic weapons as “military-style”.As a result, many people who legally owned certain firearms will no longer be able to possess them on their existing license conditions.An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in from Thursday. Cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme, and Ardern said that further details would be announced “in due course.”
In other words, the typical anti-gun response of turning law-abiding people who did nothing wrong into potential criminals.
Go here to read the rest. When the Prime Minister of New Zealand was asked about whether this move infringed on the rights of the citizens of New Zealand she sniffed that owning firearms was a privilege not a right. I guess the Kiwis are about to become underprivileged. The Left has long wanted to confiscate guns in New Zealand and they are not letting this crisis go to waste. Thank God for the Second Amendment here.
Update: It is now a criminal offense in New Zealand to possess or disseminate the manifesto of the ChristChurch terrorist. Thank God for our First Amendment. The manifesto is rancid tripe. Go here to read it. I guess that makes me a criminal now in New Zealand. This of course demonstrates how worthless such attempts at censorship are in the age of the Internet, and how this is merely empty virtue signaling by a government that in the face of terrorism seeks to disarm its law abiding population,