Streamed live on 24 Mar 2019
In New Zealand, 72 HOURS after a murder spree with a gun that killed fifty people, gun reform is making it’s way through the government, banning military-style semi-automatic, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines. With an estimated 1.2 Million guns in the country (1 per three people), the buy-back program for these weapons will be between $100 and $200 Million.
BUT! Even before this goes through to becoming a law, some citizen have ALREADY turned in weapons to be scrapped, to get them out of the general population. And why?
In the words of John Hart, who owns a sheep and beef farm and ran as Green Party candidate in the country’s 2017 elections, “For me, it became that trade-off: is my convenience worth the risk to other people’s lives by having these guns in the country? I pretty quickly realized there was no comparison. We’ll cope without semi-automatic weapons, we won’t cope without the people who were taken from us from these events.”
The Hill – New Zealanders turning over firearms after mass shooting
ABC News – Here’s why the federal government can’t study gun violence
Jama Network – Silencing the Science on Gun Research
IMDB – Red Dawn
Johnny Dangerously – It’s an 88 Magnum
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