Socialist New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that effectively immediately, her government is executing a complete ban on semi-automatic weapons. The ambiguous statements surrounding this ban are interchangeably using terminology such as “military-style weapons,” “assault weapons” and “all semi-automatic weapons.”
But the end result is unmistakable … as Rahm Emanuel famously said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Ardern is quoted as having said, “There have been attempts to change our laws in 2005, 2012 and after an inquiry in 2017. Now is the time for change.”
A buyback scheme is being developed in New Zealand that is expected to cost between $100 million and $200 million. There will be a limited amnesty period during which gun owners will be able to turn in their weapons. She said the law will be in place by April 11, following a two-week sitting session. While legislation is being prepared there are restrictions now in place preventing the purchase of weapons.
According to the Otago Daily Times, there are two exceptions to the semi-auto gun ban …
- .22 caliber rimfire firearms with magazines holding no more than 10 rounds
- semi-auto and pump action shotguns with non-detachable magazine holding five shells or less.
Further restrictive actions are in the works, to include tightening firearm licensing, increasing penalties, and imposing greater controls over a range of ammunition.
Ardern said, “I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride.”
This draconian action has taken less than a week to be enacted in the wake of the terrorist attack on the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed 50 people.
Given the way the NZ government has clamped down on even reasonable criticisms of the government in the last several days, it is expected that the media will not be giving voice to any citizens who might disagree with the moves being taken by their government.
New Zealand Police Minister Stuart Nash fully endorsed the decision to ban the guns. He said, “These measures will make a real difference to enable New Zealand to become a safer place.
“As the Prime Minister has already said, the time to act is now.”
The weapons ban does not extend to police nor will the criminals be turning their guns in either as they will always be able to smuggle them in (or 3D print them).
This is nothing but a gun grab from your average law-abiding NZ gun owner. https://t.co/pNBorgxdZb
— WestCountry (@WestCountry_) March 21, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was quick to express her support for the totalitarian 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
Lest U.S. readers think, thank God it’s them and not us … network morning shows on Thursday spent a great deal of time fawning over New Zealand’s new gun ban, saying that it had widespread, bipartisan support there and very little opposition. ABC, NBC and CBS also slammed the U.S. for not adopting a similar buyback measure.
The battle is worldwide and there is no quit in the anti-gunners in America either.
NZ Broadcasting “Call to Prayer” and “Headscarf for harmony”
Prime Minister Ardern has also announced that Friday’s Muslim call to prayer will be broadcast across the nation and a two-minute moment of silence will be observed.
Non-muslim women are being encouraged to wear hijabs or headscarves to work, school, or play on Friday in a show of support for New Zealand Muslims.
Not all Muslims are supportive of the headscarf effort.
Please don’t wear a #headscarfforharmony in “Solidarity” with Muslim women. At @freefromhijab #FreeFromHijab we are women from Muslim families who have faced shame, abuse, jailing for wanting to feel the wind in our hair. Please read this https://t.co/qPiWg2KML1
— Asra Q. Nomani, PI (@AsraNomani) March 20, 2019
Iranian women have been imprisoned and tortured for protesting the hijab.
Nasrin Sotoudeh defended women who removed their hijabs in Iran. Now she's facing a 38 year prison sentence and 148 lashes. https://t.co/fHgyS02rNr
— Democracy Digest (@demdigest) March 20, 2019
Also bizarre is supposed secularists applauding NZ state media broadcasting an Islamic call for prayer. Unprincipled fools. https://t.co/Fp1ZxThVxN
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) March 21, 2019
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