Friday 22 March 2019

New Zealand bans semi-automatic weapons

After Multiple Reports About New Zealanders Turning In Guns, Guess How Many Actually Did It? 

20 March, 2019

Following reports that a flood of New Zealand gun owners have been voluntarily surrending their firearms in the wake of last Friday's Christchurch mosque attack that left 50 dead, the numbers are in on how many Kiwis actually handed over their weapons. 
Out of an estimated 1.2 million registered guns, New Zealand police report that as of Tuesday night, 37 firearms have been surrendered nationwide, according to BuzzFeed
No accounting was provided of how many people owned those guns, the types of firearms, or where they were surrendered.
The reports of citizens disarming themselves came after a Monday announcement by Prime minister Jacinda Ardern that several "in principle decisions" on gun control have been made by Cabinet ministers, while praising residents who have surrendered their guns to police. 
So far, we know of four people who have; Green Party member John Hart and longtime gun owner "@SirWB" - who each turned in a rifle, a grandmother who goes by the Twitter handle "@FeyHag" who said she requested for her family's guns to be handed in for destruction, and former New Zealand Army soldier Pete Breidahl - who said he warned local police of extremists at a local rifle club where he said he suspected the shooter was a member. 
"All I want is to go back to my horses, say goodbye to firearms and the bullshit shooting community and its drama and let the police and government sort this one out," wrote Breidahl in a Facebook post. "I don’t NEED, want or care about guns. I can happily live my life without them."
Most reports cited three tweets, including that of John Hart, a farmer and Green Party member from Wairarapa, who told BuzzFeed News he surrendered his semiautomatic rifle two days after the attack.
He tweeted a photo of the form he signed to hand over his rifle to the police to be destroyed, saying, "We don't need these in our country. We have to make sure it's #NeverAgain." -BuzzFeed
Ardern asked residents to surrender their weapons on Monday. 
"To make our community safer, the time to act is now," she said. "I want to remind people, you can surrender your gun to the police at any time. In fact I have seen reports that people are in fact already doing this. I applaud that effort, and if you are thinking about surrendering your weapon, I would encourage you to do so."
Looks like that was wishful thinking on the part of the Prime Minister.

National Rifle Association of New Zealand president Malcolm Dodson (ROBERT KITCHIN/STUFF)

1 comment:

  1. Big fucking whoop. You're such a white man - An American one who thinks every time his amygdala rattles because if a mass shooting or political, it's the most important event in human history. The shooting, although tragic, fon't even rate. In a week or two you'll have forgot all about and have already gone hysterical over 5 more made up conspiracies.

    Y'all are the boy who cried wolf and have no context. You flip the fuck out to the same degree if a gender studies professor calls trump a poo poo head as you do for a mass shooting or mass extinction.

    No context whatsoever.

    Oh and zerohedge along with most of the other US rightwing sites are climate denying fuck heads.

    Robin, do the math rightwing mass shooters vs left. That's the other thing with no context. Flip out screaming about antifa punching a guy in the face and trying to spin those guys as just as violent as all the rightwing terrorist shooters. Tha't why they make up the conspiracy after every shooting. To deflect attention from the fact that thenonly white people going on shooting sprees are rightwingnut.

    You're a fucking piece of shit for spreading their hate.


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