When crime happens, the common sense answer to trying to prevent similar crimes from happening again, is to try and find a solution. While, in America, most mass shootings result in politicians offering their ‘thoughts and prayers,’ rather than finding a real common sense answer to a problem that we have been facing over and over again, in New Zealand, things appear to be done more efficiently.
After a horrific terrorist attack left 49 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealiand, their Prime Minister is already promising that gun laws will change.
“While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said during a news conference on Saturday, according to Bloomberg News. “I can tell you one thing right now, our guns laws will change.”
Then, less than 24 hours later, Attorney General David Parker announced that New Zealand will ban semi-automatic rifles.
In the United States, after the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings took place, as well as numerous other mass shootings in Las Vegas, Orlando, Sutherland Springs, Virginia Tech and elsewhere, we have really gained no new grounds in regulations that will help protect us from mass shootings in the future.
Back in December of last year, the Trump administration did implement a ban on Bump stocks, but that doesn’t go into effect until later this month, on March 26.
Additionally Joshua Prince and Adam Kraut, lawyers who represent the Firearms Policy Coalition, last year wrote that according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “bump-firing can [still] be lawfully achieved through the ‘use [of] rubber bands, belt loops, or [to] otherwise train their trigger finger to fire more rapidly,’ in a clear statement of [the ATF’s] intent to unequally apply the law.”
There have been proposals for universal background check as well as banning certain assault style rifles in the U.S., but nothing noteworthy has made much progress in the halls of Congress where the NRA still has control over many U.S. Representatives and Senators, particularly Republicans.