An attack on a New Zealand mosque took the lives of 49 worshippers Friday and left dozens more wounded when a white male opened fire and live-streamed the shootings.
In the wake of this disaster, government officials are stunned and feeling compelled to pass a new law to prevent such a thing from ever happening again. But, they are running out of options. Murder is already illegal. Gun regulations in NZ are among the strictest in the world. The shooter was 100% compliant with regulation, registration, license and background check. Now what?
New Zealand is known for its low crime. In 2010 they only had a total of 46 homicides and for a population of 4.7 million that’s amazingly low. Tijuana has more homicides in any given week than the whole of New Zealand, so by any measure this is a very safe country, even with this mass killing by one single person.
However, government always feels compelled to DO SOMETHING to fix it, even if its virtually perfect already. It’s some flaw in our human nature. So what do you think the first thing the liberals in power have come up with? Yes, of course, more gun control!
The killer used a semi-automatic rifle… therefore it stands that all semi-auto rif.., nay, make that any rifle… must go! It made little difference that the shooter’s weapon was 100% California legal, that danged rifle must be banned! Does this mean flint locks and other single-shot, muzzle loaders? I don’t know, but probably. Then in theory, they will be 100% safe or at least safe until the next killer comes along and discovers you can make a very devastating WMD from household cleaning products.