From The Economist - April 6th - 2019


GUN  CONTROL


Never again


Sydney


New Zealand's parliament bans semi-automatic rifles



Attempts to strengthen New Zealand's gun-control laws have failed in parliament four times over the past 20 years. That was before a white supremacist laid siege to two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15th, killing 50 people. This week a bill to ban the kind of high-powered semi-automatic weapons that he used was introduced; every mp but one supports it. It should sail into law in days.


New Zealand has one. of the world's highest rates of gun ownership, with 26 -guns per 100 people. That puts it 20th out of the 230 countries and territories ranked by the Small Arms Survey, a research institute. Despite this, it ranks only 172nd out of 195 countries in terms of deaths per person from firearms, according to data from the University of Washington. Total killings with guns are typically in the single digits each year, out of a population of 4.8m.


The already low rate of killings with guns is one reason why it will be hard to discern the new law's effectiveness. Australia adopted similar legislation in 1996 after a mass shooting in the state of Tasmania. The Australian government banned semi-automatic rifles, created a national gun registry and bought firearms from citizens, as New Zealand intends to. The stock of licensed guns fell by about a third.


Firearm-related suicides and homicides fell after the legislation passed. But firearm deaths had already been falling before 1996, and the pace did not notably accelerate. Moreover, gun violence was declining in many other rich countries, few of which had adopted stricter gun laws.


Australia's gun reforms almost entirely eliminated mass shootings. Between 1980 and 1996 there were 13 incidents in which five or more victims were shot to death. There has been just one since. But until Christchurch, New Zealand had not seen any mass shootings in over 20 years, despite the many semi-automatic rifles.


This suggests that social norms have been New Zealand's best defence against mass shootings. But as Philip Alpers of the University of Sydney notes, the killer in Christchurch would simply not have been able to buy such deadly weapons in his home country, Australia. ■


MOST  LEVEL  HEADED  COUNTRIES  IN  THE  WORLD  HAVE  GUN  LAWS,  THAT  EXCLUDE  THE  SELLING  OF  GUNS  THAT  ARE  FOUND  IN  THEIR  ARMY,  AND  SPECIAL  POLICE  FORCES [machine  gun  types].


WHY  ANY  PRIVATE  BLOW-JO  WOULD  WANT  SUCH  ARMY  GUNS  BLOWS  ME  AWAY.


WHY  ANY  COUNTRY  WOULD  ALLOW  THE  SELLING  OF  SUCH  ARMY  GUNS  TO  BLOW-JO  ALSO  BLOWS  ME  AWAY,  AND  THAT  INCLUDES  THE  USA.


O  OF  COURSE  THE  USA  GUN  PERSON  WOULD  RIGHT  AWAY  POINT  YOU  TO  THE  “SECOND  AMENDMENT”  OF  THE  USA  CONSTITUTION.


BUT  THESE  PEOPLE  HAVE  NO  CLUE  WHAT  THEIR  TALKING  ABOUT!


NOW  IF  YOU  REALLY  WANT  TO  KNOW  THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  THE  SECOND  AMENDMENT   AND  THE  HISTORY  OF  GUNS  IN  THE  USA,  YOU  NEED  TO  GO  TO  MY  WEBSITE [keithhunt.com],  GO  TO  MY  “HISTORY”  SECTION,  AND  SCROLL  DOWN  TO  STUDY 545  AND  YOU  WILL  FIND  THE  TRUTH  FULLY  AND  IN-DEPTH  EXPLAINED  TO  YOU.


Keith Hunt