That’s how long it took New Zealand to decide it would ban semi-automatic weapons.
After Friday saw a horrific terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, NZ, in which a white nationalist shooter targeted muslims and killed 49 people, by Saturday the government of New Zealand had taken action. According to New Zealand’s Attorney General David Parker, the country will ban semi-automatic weapons.
And it was a weekend no less.
BREAKING: New Zealand attorney general @DavidParkerMP announces the government will ban semi-automatic guns.
— Data Bear, PhD (@dataandpolitics) March 16, 2019
Many online, especially in America, were impressed by New Zealand’s bold and efficient decision to actually address a problem instead of acting like change is impossible.
It's so weird that you can just identify the problem and fix it
— Will from Austin (@peppyhare66) March 16, 2019
Wait you can just do that https://t.co/FHQ43Fx5hU
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 16, 2019
Aaand that’s how shit gets done ✅
— noble savage, but furry (@CoolChewie) March 16, 2019
just like that.
— Dianna E. Anderson ?️? (@diannaeanderson) March 16, 2019
— jen ? (@jennypaige_) March 16, 2019
One shooting. That’s all it took. https://t.co/8v0zao5CMg
— Nathan H. Rubin (@NathanHRubin) March 16, 2019
Are u serious? That fast?
— Gina Rosado (@garbagegalpals) March 16, 2019
Pfft what's THAT gonna solve?? Everything??? https://t.co/yttiLfMCI9
— Megan Amram (@meganamram) March 16, 2019
But have they tried nothing? https://t.co/B4zIuzJqHT
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) March 16, 2019
Apparently doing something more than sending “thoughts & prayers” is an option???
Fuck your thoughts.?
Fuck your prayers.?
THIS is how it’s done.? https://t.co/vju6k5dWFd
— God (@thegoodgodabove) March 16, 2019
They say “thoughts and prayers” differently in New Zealand, I guess https://t.co/X8I7EOtVHN
— Jessie (@NicCageMatch) March 16, 2019
Wow, in the U.S. we wouldn't even have finished saying the sentence "thoughts and prayers" yet. https://t.co/gQPq1u5o6g
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) March 16, 2019
what a crazy alternative to thoughts & prayers https://t.co/ZDKvMVOsnm
— David Farrier (@davidfarrier) March 16, 2019
I want every single NRA-backed U.S. pol to explain why NZ can immediately pass a ban on semi-automatic guns and we can't.
And please, don't insult me by saying "the 2A" unless you can prove:
– individuals are a militia
– a ban on semi-automatic guns is a ban on ALL guns https://t.co/5rm3QKmzpz
— Geraldine (@everywhereist) March 16, 2019
No, this can’t be right. Everyone in the country needs to want it to happen and then the three most moderate members of the government have to get together and pick a policy that sounds like a compromise out of a hat, which doesn’t get passed anyway so nothing changes. https://t.co/R0Sg3NClJy
— Paul Blest (@pblest) March 16, 2019
And this is after having more extensive background checks. The massacre in NZ had a death toll of 49.
In the US, 100 people die by a gun EVERY DAY. Every day, ~20 children are shot and ~8 die. Each month, ~52 women die from being shot by their intimate partner. We do nothing. https://t.co/WCIXjkHPMs
— Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) March 16, 2019
Direct action. Exactly what these situations need.
— Tom Benjamin (@Tom8enjamin) March 16, 2019
But have they explored the efficacy of changing the color of the gun emoji? https://t.co/GRxTulsIsI
— Natasha Rothwell (@natasharothwell) March 16, 2019
This is what it looks like when your government is led by people who actually care about people’s lives. https://t.co/Mpvcr8ytfp
— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) March 16, 2019
— ?Kнαямα Ðσll? (@jaidsmommy1) March 16, 2019
New Zealand… pic.twitter.com/ujfiRDhNyn
— $weet-ting ?? (@indialexandria) March 16, 2019
hey delicious food and no killing machines
— Sarah Beattie (@nachosarah) March 16, 2019
It's crazy how some Americans will say they need weapons, but no matter how many guns we own, when it's our time to go, it's our time. We need to wake up and get off this foolishness.
— Steven (@MrDarell1980) March 16, 2019
Well done NZ.
— Julie Clarke (@JulieEClarke) March 16, 2019
Would expect no less from the Kiwi Citizens of New Zealand. Thank you @dataandpolitics, @DavidParkerMP and @jacindaardern. You and all of your Citizens are beautiful, what happened in your country was horrible & unlike our Nation, you will do something to stop it. #TRM pic.twitter.com/oQOCVnhMDC
— The Resistance Movement (@ResistMoveTRM) March 16, 2019
Imagine that — valuing human life more than a tool of war.
— TheRyanSit (@TheRyanSit) March 16, 2019
USA watch and learn
— Surwat Safdar (@sowwyvowwy) March 16, 2019
— seanologues (@seanpaulmahoney) March 16, 2019
This is how a civilized country reacts. https://t.co/PwtlsXqcME
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 16, 2019
One time, and they act to do something about the problem. https://t.co/JAG2q8wQ3X
— Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure (@DanRiffle) March 16, 2019
So wait, in your family you guys take the garbage bag out of the can and put it in a dumpster outside?? https://t.co/hgaBIHq4ii
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) March 16, 2019