Consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised the management proven by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the difficulty of gun management within the wake of the lethal Christchurch mosque shootings by a white supremacist.
Ardern introduced that, on account of the far-right terror assault which left 50 folks lifeless and dozens extra injured, some critically, New Zealand will ban a swathe of what she referred to as “military-style” weapons and elements that permit different weapons to be transformed.
Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and rising star within the celebration, drew a comparability with the shortage of motion on gun management in America after mass shootings, such because the Sandy Hook Elementary College Bloodbath which killed 26, of which there’s an epidemic within the nation.
“Sandy Hook occurred 6 years in the past and we are able to’t even get the Senate to carry a vote on common background checks w/ #HR8,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, referencing a Home invoice that may require background checks on all gun gross sales, together with non-public transactions.
“Christchurch occurred, and inside days New Zealand acted to get weapons of battle out of the buyer market. That is what management appears to be like like.”
Final Friday, Brenton Tarrant, 28, allegedly streamed reside to his Fb web page as he entered two completely different mosques within the metropolis of Christchurch whereas closely armed and started taking pictures at Muslim worshippers, killing males, girls and youngsters indiscriminately.
Tarrant launched a manifesto alongside his assault detailing his white supremacist beliefs, his hatred of Muslims, and his want to see extra acts of violence. He referred to immigration in white-majority international locations as an invasion. Tarrant is in custody awaiting fees.
“Right now I’m saying that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons,” Ardern mentioned at a information convention on Thursday.
“We may even ban all assault rifles. We are going to ban all high-capacity magazines. We are going to ban all elements with the power to transform semi-automatic or some other kind of firearm right into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We are going to ban elements that trigger a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automated, or near automated gunfire.
“In brief, each semi-automatic weapon used within the terrorist assault on Friday can be banned on this nation,” Ardern mentioned.
Regardless of calls by campaigners and a number of mass shootings, the same transfer is unlikely in America, the place gun management is a fiercely divisive situation as a result of the correct to bear arms is enshrined within the structure beneath the second modification.
In February, the Home handed H.R.8, referred to as the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, by 240 to 190. The invoice, which is now with the Republican-controlled Senate the place it can probably die, would require a background test for each gun sale.
Licensed gun sellers are presently required by regulation to run background checks on folks shopping for weapons. However non-public sellers aren’t obliged to run any checks, which the brand new invoice requires.