Sen. Bernie Sanders’ call for the U.S. to “follow New Zealand’s lead” with a ban on “assault weapons” was slammed by Katie Pavlich for its more than obvious intent.
The Fox News “Outnumbered,” contributor pointed out that a gun debate in the U.S. in the wake of the massacre in a New Zealand mosque is just one of the things the shooter was trying to accomplish with his horrible act, pitting Second Amendment advocates against those on the left who have now applauded New Zealand’s swift action in the ban.
Sanders declared that New Zealand’s move is what “real action” looks like, as he called for a similar ban in the U.S. and to “take on” the National Rifle Association.
This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019
What the Vermont senator and 2020 presidential candidate is essentially saying, according to Pavlich, is “it’s okay to ban firearms overnight through executive fiat without any kind of due process or legislative process.”
The Townhall editor explained that applying a New Zealand type ban in the U.S. will mean banning “almost every single firearm that exists here.”
Overnight they banned any semi-automatic firearm with a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds. In America, that means nearly all firearms legally and commonly owned by millions of law abiding citizens. It is confiscation and Bernie Sanders just fully endorsed it. https://t.co/VuFUXxZk1S
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 21, 2019
“He’s talking about, overnight, stripping Americans of their Second Amendment rights and punishing them with high fines and prison time for refusing to give up those rights,” Pavlich said of Sanders’ proposed power grab.
Sanders’ former 2016 rival, Hillary Clinton, also applauded the decision by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, adding a condescending mockery of those who have offered “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of shooting tragedies such as this.
Under @jacindaardern‘s leadership, New Zealand has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons just six days after the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Public servants didn’t stop at offering thoughts and prayers. They chose to act. pic.twitter.com/HuodopsJFp
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 21, 2019
Naturally, Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was also on board with the gun seizures.
Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.
Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.
This is what leadership looks like ⬇️ https://t.co/TcdR63anBt
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 21, 2019
The father of one of the victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last year noted how the gun ban, and even now the banning of books, is playing right into the plan of the mosque shooter.
Semi-automatic rifles, not the only thing being banned in NZ today. Some bookstores banning sales of books by @jordanbpeterson. Speech & ideas are under attack. This is what the shooter wanted. Sigh. https://t.co/TZ7fVoU17S
— Ryan Petty (@rpetty) March 21, 2019
One of New Zealand’s largest bookstores stopped selling a book by Dr. Jordan Peterson, “12 Rules For Life: An Antidote For Chaos,” in light of the shooting. SHoppers will still be able to find copies of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” at Whitcoulls, however.
So they banned Jordan Peterson’s book… but… uh… pic.twitter.com/V9tfxpRrog
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) March 21, 2019
But New Zealand’s prime minister was not done with just a gun ban as she announced that the Muslim call to prayer on Friday would be broadcast across the nation along with a two-minute moment of silence.
New Zealand to broadcast ‘call to prayer’, ban ‘semi-auto’ firearms, urge non-Muslims to wear hijabs in wake of terror https://t.co/4FrHVqLqNA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 21, 2019
And purportedly to show support for Muslims in the nation, women in New Zealand who are not Muslim were encouraged to sport a hijab or headscarf on Friday.
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