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.

But it’s a “mandatory” buy-back.


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