Why Hasn’t America Addressed Gun Control Like New Zealand Has?
In response to the horrific shooting at a Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand has very quickly made changes to their existing gun legislation and banned assault rifles. Many Americans want to know why the U.S. hasn’t done the same. More at The Guardian.
The N.R.A. (not to be confused with the vast majority of gun owners) will turn to its old smoke-and-mirrors standby, arguing that the killer’s hate, not his guns and bullets, were the real problem… In fairness, liberals have often been unhelpful, broadcasting their own ignorance about the firearms they propose to regulate, or speaking blithely of banning guns or of “gun control” in ways that drive responsible gun owners into the arms of the N.R.A.
…times are changing. The American people will no longer stand by lawmakers who lack the moral courage to do the right thing. In fact dozens of elected officials lost their seats in the 2018 midterm elections and Americans around the country — particularly those who have been directly impacted by firearm-related injuries and deaths — are now actively pushing their government to advance bold reforms.
First, define “assault weapon.” Words are important and certain laws come into play depending on which words are used, so define this.
Secondly, the US isn’t NZ. While they do not have an inalienable right to bear arms and to self defense, we do.