New Zealand Will Change Gun Laws Just Ten Days After Attack

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday that her cabinet plans to unveil gun law reforms within the next 10 days following last Friday’s mass shooting in Christchurch.

“I intend to give further details of these decisions to the media and the public before cabinet meets again next Monday,” said Ardern. “This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer.”

Though Prime Minister Ardern did not give any details concerning reforms, the Chicago Tribune suggested military-style semiautomatic weapons that were used in the two mosque attacks, leaving 50 dead and some 50 injured, could become harder to acquire.

“As a cabinet, we were absolutely unified and very clear. The terrorist attack in Christchurch on Friday was the worst act of terrorism on our shores,” said Ardern. “It has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand’s gun laws. The clear lesson from history around the world is that, to make our community safe, the time to act is now.”

Many have remarked on the stark contrast in government action between New Zealand and the United States in the wake of a national tragedy.

The swift, legislative action New Zealand politicians have taken following the mosque attacks were compared to the “thoughts and prayers” Americans receive in similar situations.

The Tribune reports that the death toll of last Friday’s mosque shooting exceeded New Zealand’s 2017 homicide rate of 35 people.

h/t Chicago Tribune

Masha Fante

Written by Masha Fante