The first thing leftists do after a mass shooting is look to punish law-abiding citizens for the misdeeds of others.
Following in those footsteps, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared the country’s “gun laws will change” after a gunman killed 49 and wounded dozens more at two mosques the day before.
“While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: Our gun laws will change,” she said at a press conference.
The suspect had five guns with him during the attack, described by multiple media outlets as “two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns, and one lever-action firearm.” Semi-automatic refers to a weapon that fires one bullet per trigger pull, but automatically loads and prepares the next bullet. It is often used by the media as a term to make a weapon appear scarier to the public, even though most guns people are familiar with are semi-automatic.
During her press conference, Arden said banning such weapons was “certainly one of the issues that I’m looking at with immediate effect.”
After her press conference, New Zealand Attorney General David Parker promised a crowd at a vigil for the victims of the shooting that the government would ban semi-automatic weapons, according to the New Zealand Herald.
“There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world,” Parker said. “How can it be right for this atrocity to be filmed by the murderer using a go-pro and live-streamed across the world by social media companies?”
“How can that be right? Who should be held accountable for that?” he added.
The Mosque shooter appears to have modified the weapons used in the attack, in violation of his gun license. The Guardian reports the shooter had a “category-A” which allowed him to purchase firearms without registering them, but the shooter illegally modified them.
“A category-A firearm holder can purchase the firearms without the magazines or the things that will enable them to be in the state that they were,” New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush told reporters, according to The Guardian.
“As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I’m advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly,” Ardern said of the situation at her press conference.
Murder is illegal in New Zealand no matter what the gun laws are.
Neighboring Australia implemented a gun confiscation program, ostensibly referred to as a voluntary “gun buyback” program, in 1996 after a deadly shooting. Residents were mandated to turn in their semi-automatic rifles and other now-outlawed weapons. They would receive money for doing so.
Ardern said at her press conference that she wasn’t ready to support a similar program just yet.
After the press conference, police commissioner Bush told reporters he “was very happy to hear the prime minister’s comments this morning that there will be a change in the gun law, but I can’t say any more than that.”