New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she could not fathom why United States has been unsuccessful on changing their gun law amid the occurence of mass shooting.
Despite New Zealand’s strong hunting culture and “permissive gun legislation”, Ardern noted that most of the New Zealander’s acknowledged the necessity of setting a stopping point on their gun control.
“Australia experienced a massacre and changed its laws. New Zealand has had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I don’t understand the United States,” says Ardern.
One month ago, when a 28-year old white supremacist named Brenton Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killing 50 people.
After the incident, New Zealand’s parliament voted 119 to one to pass gun control that halted most of its automatic and semi-automatic weapons where hundreds of New Zealander’s surrendered their weapons to authorities.
“We will continue to be a food-producing nation that deals with animal welfare issues and so on, and has a practical purpose and use for guns, but you can draw a line and say that that does not mean that you need access to military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. You do not. And New Zealanders, by and large, absolutely agreed with that position,” Ardern added.