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Thursday, March 21, 2019

New Zealand moves to ban assault weapons after slaughter of Muslims

Posted By on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge JACINDA ARDERN: New Zeland prime minister issues weapons ban.
  • JACINDA ARDERN: New Zeland prime minister issues weapons ban.
Leadership. Six days after the slaughter of 50 Muslims in their mosques, New Zealand has banned assault weapons. From the Washington Post.

New Zealand has banned military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Thursday, just six days after attacks on two mosques in Christchurch that left 50 people dead.

A buyback program will be launched to take existing weapons out of circulation, and gun owners who do not comply will be subject to fines, she said.
Ardern also declared a two-minute moment of silence Friday and announced the Muslim call to prayer would be broadcast on government TV and radio.

Donald Trump has not yet issued a specific acknowledgment of the targeting of Muslims in the mass killing. He has, however, gone on an unhinged tear against the late Sen. John McCain, which drew the front-page coverage it deserved in today's New York Times.

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