Breaking! New Zealand BANS semi-automatic guns!!

Well that escalated quickly. Because of the horrible terrible attack on two mosques were Muslims were unable to defend themselves from armed scumbags, New Zealand will make sure EVERYONE else is also similarly disarmed to make them all defenseless targets.

From Bloomberg:

New Zealand will ban military style semi-automatics and assault rifles and establish a nationwide buyback of the weapons in the wake of a terrorist attack on two mosques that left 50 people dead.

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters Thursday.

Brilliant.
I hasten to add that the scumbag murderer who left a manifesto explaining why he did it specifically said that he wanted people to fight over gun rights and gun control. So they’re doing exactly what he wanted them to do.
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Warren Z
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Eyewitness to a Massacre – Bill Whittle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahUAmgfCyvk

Bill813
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This move by New Zealand plays right into the hands of the leftists here. How long before one of the Dem hopefuls makes this a campaign issue? Doubt me all you want but even circumcision is an issue as Yang says no cuts to wangs.

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Imbeciles.

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“Military style” is one of those terms they use to say “whatever we want.”

Kenoshamarge
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Do Prime Ministers have that kind of power to just unilaterally degree such things? Got the hell beat out of a dictatorship doesn’t she?

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It’s a piece of legislation. It would have been voted on in their Parliament and the conservative opposition party had stated before it went to vote, that they would support the ban and they did by voting for said ban.

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Thank you. Just seemed like it happened very fast. And just like that the government took away their right to protect themselves.

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“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest….” New Zealand descends further into soft tyranny. This will help no one but the criminal who does not observe laws of any sort. This will not stop shootings in that country. Also, I wonder how they define what a “military style” weapon is. If it is defined the same way uninformed politicians who have not even touched a firearm of any sort in the United States define it, gun owners in New Zealand are really screwed.

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What’s really scary is that the PM mentioned that the people kept blocking these types of gun laws in the past….now they’re just being rammed down their throats.

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“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste”, so said an Obama apparatchik who later became the Mayor of Chicago.

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Another country that is making the citizens targets of criminals, islamic terrorists and sheeple who will never be able to fight back against a corrupt government.

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And nutjob Bernie Sanders right on cue thinks this is what should happen here. Zip – no more 2nd Amendment rights.

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The Second Amendment is the difference between us and New Zealand. I feel sorry for law-abiding citizens in that country.

WendzPNW
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On their own heads be it.
The NZ PM has just handed the terrorists an invitation to slaughter anyone they choose from now on.
More people have been killed in ‘gun free zones’ than not.

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Given that they have already suffered at the hands of a terrorist who murdered 50 people with legally acquired weapons, I think that’s kind of a moot point now, don’t you think? People should also remember that the rest of the world do not view firearms in the say way that Americans do. The notion that firearms is a way to prevent tyranny is a fairly American thought process that is not shared around the world. A ban on semi-automatics has been in play in New Zealand for a long time now. It is not needed. They cannot use firearms for self protection, in the same way that Americans can. It is not a right to own a firearm as per their Constitution. People use firearms on farms and to go hunting or sports shooting. New Zealanders were voluntarily handing in their semi-automatic weapons after this terrorist act. As they… Read more »

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The notion that firearms is a way to prevent tyranny is a fairly American thought process

Yeah, so is the fundamental nature of Free Speech. Go figure why some nations are so thick. Sooner or later, Leftists turn places into Venezuela. Then suddenly the citizenry realizes that they were disarmed for the good of those in power, not for the good of the people.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/venezuelans-regret-gun-prohibition-we-could-have-defended-ourselves

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And ^ THIS ^ folks is why you should NOT govern by emotion.

Don’t think for a SECOND that the Democrats wouldn’t LOVE to pass a similar bill into Law, and don’t think for a SECOND they don’t try to exploit every, single tragedy hoping that your emotions over-ride your common sense, Laws and our Constitution.

In fact, I GUARANTEE that for the next several days the liberal Media will speak about New Zealand’s new gun law and discuss why it “could work here” and then ponder “when will the Democrats be able to defeat the NRA and pass these common sense laws?” – Don’t doubt me. Why I’d bet CNN and MESS-NBC is already booking anti-2nd Amendment guests to talk about exactly this.

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Yesterday, I heard people in NZ were turning their firearms in to police voluntarily. That’s nuts. I’ve also read that references to the good guy with a gun, who probably saved lives, have been edited out of their news articles.

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Good.

Then when they have another mass shooting by some nut who brought in a gun illegally, we can point at them as an example of what not to do. Same goes when they have another terrorist attack of any sort that might have been stopped by a good guy with a gun.

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Take a step back and watch how long Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stays in office. NZ Prime Ministers have an average shelf life of three years. She is toast.

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IMO, you vastly underestimate Prime Minister Ardern’s political sustainability. New Zealand’s next general election is November 21, 2020. Absent a recession, new tragedy, or some other kind of shock or policy failure that could alter New Zealand’s politics, the race will likely be decided on leadership and character. Although she is one of the world’s younger leaders, Prime Minister Ardern demonstrated that she is a decisive and unifying leader in the wake of New Zealand’s greatest mass crime. The Washington Post reported: Many have lauded Ardern’s response. She swiftly labeled the attacks “terrorism” and bluntly called an Australian lawmaker’s suggestion of a link between Muslim immigration and violence “a disgrace.” …When she went to Christchurch on Saturday, a day after the attacks, Ardern visited members of the refugee and Muslim community. Dressed in black and wearing a Muslim-style headscarf known as a hijab, she tearfully told them that the whole… Read more »

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Glad she’s woke.

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Stupid kneejerk reactions that leave the community vulnerable is not leadership. It is overreach, ill-advised, and dangerous. I hope that the day comes when anti gun leftist realize that criminals don’t give a damn about gun laws. The criminals celebrate when stupid lawmakers make rash decisions in their favor. Take a look at the U.K.

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So she is a tireless Liberal capitalizing on this incident to seize the semi-automatic weapons of the masses while she parades around with armed guards protecting her…..

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Hello PM Ardern. I did not think it was normal for a foreign PM to be perusing a US Conservative News website, but hey, maybe you will learn a thing or two.

Saying that, I hope you lose re-election on this issue alone, but NZ is not the USA, and I guess you don’t have very many rights down there. Have at it then.

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AvatarDon Sutherland You can always count on the leftist media like WaPo to support leftism elsewhere in the world.

An article in WaPo gives us no confidence as to what’s happening on the ground in New Zealand any more than an article in some New Zealand leftist rag would give New Zealanders an idea of American regard for Trump.

WaPo writers are thrilled that gun control is being instituted somewhere while also promoting White Nationalism against Muslim immigrants as among the greatest threats to civilization in the world today. Their credibility is highly lacking.

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My assessment of Prime Minister Ardern’s political prospects was based strictly on her example of leadership, not matters of policy. Leadership involves bringing people together, aligning people (which requires an ability to connect deeply with people), and achieving outcomes consistent with the leader’s goals. Authority of office does not guarantee leadership. Leadership is not unique to any specific part of the political spectrum or any given political philosophy. It is a capacity that, when exercised, can produce big outcomes. Leadership capacity is not common. That’s why so many in high office (with great authority) accomplish little. Without genuine leadership capacity, it’s difficult to unify people, bring them together for causes, and then accomplish big successes toward those causes. President Franklin Roosevelt was a genuine leader. President Ronald Reagan was a genuine leader. Both had very different ideas about the role of government in society. I align with the latter (Reagan).… Read more »

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Maybe she’s a good leader, maybe she isn’t. My point is that you heavily referenced WaPo’s perspective and that perspective could easily be partly or wholly fabricated to tell the narrative that they want to tell — that she’s a leader.

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She’s a radical communist too. This fell right into her wheelhouse.

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The PM will have the Muslim vote now that she`s shown to be weak. She could win the next election by a landslide now, -which is probably what she was hoping for when she gave that speech.
She doesn’t care about the safety of her people. All she cares about is herself.

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Stupid, reactionary politics. NZ’ers lose more than just their physical weapons with this one. They lose their security of self and home. One step closer to a dictatorship.

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The only part of the shooting I saw was the guy using a shotgun. So…? Why ban rifles?

Also, the guy was stopped by a heroic Muslim father who picked up one of the shooters empty shotguns and charged him. And empty firearm was sufficient to stop the second mass shooting! But the logic of self defense is lost on the left…

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Oddly enough, the largest gun shop (unnamed, a chain?) agreed with the decision. Apparently there are a lot more sheep in NZ than I realized.

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Lambs. Lambs to the slaughter.

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So Dick’s has locations in New Zealand? wink

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Yeah Dick’s sales are soft after pulling out of the market and are facing stiff competition.

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You are one of my favorite commenters. Love your humor and wit. This is one of those times.

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TY!

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove iswydt

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@nc What did I do there?

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove Isn’t NZ known for its sheep (the woolly kind)?

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@nc OK, I see what I did there.

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Muslims and The Left, the world over are celebrating. The idiocy of The Left is beyond measure.

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Sadly, I just took NZ off my “must-see” vacation destination. That country will be less safe now.

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Except for all of the swords left over from lord of the rings

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“Well that escalated quickly.” Ain’t that the truth. And yet no one ever wants to address the real problem. The issues with the people who do these things. They always want to go after the item that was used. By doing that you will always have problems.

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They don’t care because the agenda is control.

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Remember the sickening feeling when we watched homosexual unions (a.k.a. gay marriage) become legal, state-by-state… As whole nations slowly gave into the abomination – same for abortion (murder) now… This is the start of something evil and wrong and the first nation to fall has shown their ignorance. The liberal sheep will follow.

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And so it begins.

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Great. Now the only people who HAVE military style semi-automatics and assault rifles are the bad guys and nuts. Thanks for playing into the hands of evil, New Zealand.

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This is a great victory for the socialists of NZ and all over the world. Not only will it tighten the government boot on the necks of the populace, it will embolden criminals and terrorists who know that the citizenry will be less able to defend themselves. What do the people say? Do they get to vote on it? Remember the bump stock ban, this is coming here unless we stand up against it.

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genXergenXer r Flimsy Graham is a RINO. I’ll bet that if this gets through the Senate, it’ll breeze through the House and Tromp will sign it. A lot of anti-gunners lost reelection in Iowa during the midterms.

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Yep. Graham has said trump is on board. Hopefully it will get filibustered, or trump changes his mind, because you know it will be easy to find 2 or 3 more progressive republicans to go along.

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genXergenXer Yeah, if it passes, I’ve got some wacky neighbors that I will suddenly be afraid of.

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Let them. Could care less at this point. Let them prove the scumbag terrorist right by being just as reactionary as he is.

Need to worry about keeping our rights here instead of New Zealand.

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Related: Just an FYI from OneAmerica News:

Mosque In Christchurch Shootings Tied To Radical Islamic Terrorists
https://www.oann.com/mosque-in-christchurch-shootings-tied-to-radical-islamic-terrorists/

“New evidence is emerging that several people may have been converted to radical Islam at the Al Noor mosque in New Zealand.”

Not that two wrongs make a right, but lest we forget what some of these Mosques are about.

The people won’t have guns, but terrorists will just use bombs.

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SheerPoliticsSheerPolitics Well, I hope that he got some of the radicals, but they probably used women and children as shields as they ran away, like the one guy in the video who ran right past the gunman and could have tackled him instead.

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Well, that will certainly stop all deaths. I mean, no murderer could POSSIBLY be smart enough to use a non-military style semi-automatic weapon. Or a bolt action rifle. Or a knife. Or a homemade bomb. Or run people over with a truck. Or fly an airplane into buildings.

Yay! The War on Death is winning!!!

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“I’m from the government and I’m here to help you” always works out so well for the citizenry !
/sarc

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I really have not been impressed by women leaders, (and I am a woman). I am curious if this idiot will still have armed guards protecting her and if so what type of firearm do they carry? What a reactionary Putz.

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Avatarstephmcg You took the word right out of my mouth – here is the “common” definition for the word “reactionary:”
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Definition of reactionary
: relating to, marked by, or favoring reaction
especially : ultraconservative in politics

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reactionary
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This absolutely redefines the word.

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Avatarstephmcg You’re a broad? That’s what I get thinking that steph was short for Stephen and not Stephanie.

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove Lol! Conservative women use their heads for more than a hat rack.

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@patriot77 I’d like to tell you that’s the first time I made that mistake.

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Avatarstephmcg Agree 100%. I don’t comment often these days, but when I read your posts, you speak with my voice too! Another woman voting for good sense, I guess.

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There are times when you just want to bang your head against the wall.

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So only guns that require manual reloading or bolt action or slide action will be allowed?

I’ll bet blades over 3 inches and bows of any kind will be outlawed as well.

Folks in NZ had better stock up on throwable rocks.

By the way, it’s really hard to emigrate to New Zealand. So the murderer picked a really stupid reason to blame his victims. Beyond the usual statist obsession with skin color, that is.

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AvatarK-Bob The perp came from Australia, it is probably easier for them to emigrate than evil, American cowboys.

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These leftists interpret “semiautomatic” as “nearly full automatic.”

Uh, no. “Semi-” means “half” A semiautomatic is still a long way from automatic.

But try explaining that to people who are convinced guns are evil. If you’re into Recreational Impossibilities, that is.

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Every single person in New Zealand just became MORE endangered by this pathetic, insane, tyrannical law.

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@GHalv@GHalv Next step: Knife control. And just beyond that: club control. And since almost anything can be used as a club, that will never really end.

Then it will be just like Britain, where people were buying baseball bats for self-defense, so the government was trying to ban them. Can’t allow people to defend themselves, right?

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hubmanhubman Don’t forget poison! Will all medicines and household cleaners be banned too?

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hubmanhubman In the UK, pointy knives are being (or have been) outlawed, as well as pub glasses. If someone breaks into your house and you defend yourself, you will be in more trouble than the home invader. I read an article a few years ago about a woman who received a caution for tapping on her kitchen window because two men were in her garden. (Yard and warning if you don’t speak Brit)

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Dr. StrangeloveDr. Strangelove I suppose firing a warning shot is out of the question? wink

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RWradRWrad Who was it that said the sun never sets on the British Empire?

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Next let’s ban spoons… why not, it’ll be just as effective.

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I’m sure the criminals will be the first in line to turn in their guns. What a bunch of idiots.

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Exactly good luck stupid people if you comply
refuse and fight the hell back

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I know a guy down there who’ll be doing handstands over this.

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C.W. SmithC.W. Smith Libtards and socialists (but I repeat myself) all over the world are rejoicing.

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So basically everything except shotguns, leaving the people defenseless.

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Many rifles are not semi-automatic. Lever action, bolt-action, or even AR-15 type that would still require the operator to charge the weapon after each shot could be legal if the law correcty defines the term semi’automatic.
Revolvers are also considered to be non-semiautomatic weapons as well.

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MxnCheeseHead Pistols (and I presume revolvers) are highly regulated in NZ and must be kept at a shooting club.

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Like typical liberals, it’s always the gun’s fault, and not the person using it.

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