The crowd in attendance at a vigil at Auckland’s Aotea Square cheered loudly when Attorney-General David Parker said the Government would ban semi-automatic rifles.
He warned of a global rise of extremism.
“There is a dimming of enlightenment in many parts of the world,” he said.
“How can it be right for this atrocity to be filmed by the murderer using a go-pro and live-streamed across the world by social media companies?
“How can that be right? Who should be held accountable for that?”
The answer is obvious: New Zealand’s law-abiding gun owners. They’re the ones who will pay for a crazed killer’s murder spree by giving up a piece of their gun rights and their property.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed she’d crack down on gun rights.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 16, 2019
And with the Attorney General’s pronouncement, Ardern moved swiftly to make good on that promise.
Speaking to media in Wellington this morning, Ardern stressed that “now was the time for change.”
Ardern said five guns were used by the primary perpetrator, including two semi-automatic weapons, and two shotguns.
“The offender was in possession of a gun licence,” Ardern said.
American civilian disarmament activists are cheering the New Zealand government’s swift reaction.
After one mass shooting with a semi-automatic rifle, the Attorney General of New Zealand, @DavidParkerMP, just announced that the country is banning assault rifles.
This is the appropriate response to such a massacre.
Too many of our politicians lack this type of moral courage.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) March 16, 2019
New Zealand will ban semi-automatic weapons. Just like that.
Why, why, why can’t my country have the courage to do the same thing when it’s so obviously necessary?#GunReformNow
— Jessica Rushing (@jbradleyrushing) March 16, 2019
All is proceeding just as the shooter had planned.