An Australian white nationalist shot and killed 50 innocents and injured 50 more at two mosques last Friday, March 15 in Christchurch, New Zealand. He livestreamed 17 minutes of the event on Facebook.
On Saturday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised a reform to the country’s gun law within the next 10 days. She is looking at putting a ban on semi-automatic weapons but assures the ownership of semi-automatics is sure to change.
It only took 10 days to change these laws.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, there were 307 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2018 alone. The mass shooting that occurred last Friday was the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand in the last 30 years.
New Zealand citizens will see a change within a matter of 10 days, while the latest attempt at reform for the U.S. was the 2019 bipartisan background check bill that passed through the House of Representatives. It is unlikely the bill will be passed by the Senate.
The U.S. has a devastating past of mass shootings, yet the government can’t seem to come to a compromise on how to lower the number.
There are pros and cons to every solution, but something needs to be done.
This does not mean I am for taking away all gun rights. In 2017, there were 1.2 million registered firearms in New Zealand, according to a Swiss nonprofit Small Arms Survey.
But, that same year, New Zealand police reported 35 murders in total, most of which did not involve a gun.
In 2017, the U.S. had 17,200 murders, according to the FBI. I understand the U.S. has a much larger population that New Zealand, but the point is that they are clearly doing something right when it comes to gun usage and commercial sale.
Perhaps following in the footsteps of other countries that have put new gun laws and reforms into practice would be a good place to start.
Many countries have many different tactics. Maybe the U.S. should put away it’s “holier-than-thou” attitude and take the advice, the help, given to us that we so desperately need.