Just six days after a mass shooter killed 49 people at two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced all assault weapons and “military-style automatic weapons” would be banned, and there would be a mandatory buy-back program to get every weapon out of the hands of New Zealand’s citizens.
Plenty of Americans cheered, among them 2020 presidential candidates, apparently impressed with how quickly a government could just unilaterally clamp down on its citizens’ freedoms in response to something that had already happened and couldn’t be prevented.
Now Bloomberg is asking what it would take for America to do the same? First clue: this is America, not New Zealand.
It took New Zealand just 6 days to ban semi-automatic rifles after the mass shooting of 50 people last week.
— Bloomberg (@business) March 23, 2019
Somehow that didn't bring any victims back to life https://t.co/iU79gapQrE
— Now I have a machine gun HO HO HO (@jose_gill) March 23, 2019
It took them the same amount of days to prosecute you if you happen to possess a copy of the manifesto. I'd argue it's very hard to have a system that can achieve the former without also having the power to achieve the latter. https://t.co/VIbD6kBuyQ
— neontaster (@neontaster) March 23, 2019
And right after they finished with that they banned free speech. See how that works, cupcake? https://t.co/LQzhGOJUXv
— Rob Tam (@robtr2) March 24, 2019
They also banned books, websites and threatened to jail people for talking about it or sharing the video.
A tyrannical deserves zero compliments. Period. https://t.co/CGplFtyeXz
— The Dank Knight 🦇 (@capeandcowell) March 24, 2019
It took New Zealand just six days to put people in jail for talking about things they didn't want people to talk about.
You seriously are the enemy of all Americans. https://t.co/EzI75RrTuK
— Sensurround (S/PDIF via TOSlink) (@BBC_dip) March 24, 2019
Laws should never be made in such haste. Scary they can implement such draconian restrictions on liberty in mere days. There’s pretty much nothing they can’t do to you if they can do that. https://t.co/eP1H9Q8XH0
— A Man of Wealth and Taste (@Bagehot99) March 23, 2019
They’re government has damn near absolute power over its citizens. Not to sound crazy, but fuck that shit. It is not always used for good, check our history for more details. 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/5nu7nHKtc0
— J.R.S (@_JRS79) March 24, 2019
What would it take to ram through a sweeping and unconstitutional ban of the most commonly owned rifle in the US, including requiring gun owners to turn them in?
You just need Dems in charge of the legislative and executive branches. Now, enforcing that law’s a different story. https://t.co/jc9OawF5hd
— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) March 24, 2019
Well we would have to get rid of the Constitution and forgo that whole natural rights thing and then fight a guerrilla civil war with all the gun owners who refuse to give up their firearms https://t.co/NeTKIJz1Kd
— jake (@secretaryofjake) March 23, 2019
Maybe because they know tyranny well enough, New Zealand has yet to experience a 1776. https://t.co/DrJhYYbuUA
— Malachi Safford (@1MalachiD) March 23, 2019
The repeal of the second amendment and a civil war. https://t.co/shjbFDXW1n
— Rev. Ducati 💬 (@Reverend_Ducati) March 23, 2019
Repeal of 2A and armed resistance to firearms confiscation.
So, civil war. https://t.co/l4NiRGTJtA
— ❤️ Jayvie ❤️ (@OneFineJay) March 24, 2019
Well, for starters, another civil war https://t.co/iheyErAzCP
— The H2 (@TheH2) March 24, 2019
A massive, bloody war that will significantly reduce the amount of people who are against citizen-owned firearms. https://t.co/fMyFX9LPcz
— AJ Powers (@aj_powers) March 24, 2019
Lots of gun power. Too bad you are telling Lefties to submit. https://t.co/XSuXlU08Ai
— Terry O' (@IrishTea1) March 24, 2019
Get a grip, America is not New Zealand. And good luck picking up all those semiautomatic rifles. Have fun with that. https://t.co/Ni3iAxtCkZ
— Tim Krieg (@timkrieg_tim) March 23, 2019
But it’s a “mandatory” buy-back.
Bernie Sanders among those impressed by New Zealand’s insta-ban on assault weapons https://t.co/LgVrk61yyP
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 21, 2019