Democrats have been lauding the quick actions taken by New Zealand to ban guns in the wake of the mass shooting that killed 50 Muslims at two mosques.
From Free Beacon:
“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who is currently one of the frontrunners for the nomination, said. “We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.), who previously said those who resisted his own gun-confiscation proposal might face nuclear weapons in response, applauded the New Zealand ban.
“This ban was announced while I was at a #SanFrancisco vigil mourning the #NewZealand victims. A solemn crowd cheered,” he tweeted. “For we know our mourning is empty if it’s not followed by action. Banning assault weapons is action. #EnoughIsEnough”
Failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also praised New Zealand while deriding those who offer thoughts or prayers to the victims.
“Under @jacindaardern’s leadership, New Zealand has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons just six days after the Christchurch mosque attacks,” she said. “Public servants didn’t stop at offering thoughts and prayers. They chose to act.”
Here’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein saying rights should be removed quickly like in New Zealand in the heat of a mass shooting, because “logic.”
That’s a frightening scenario that they think those are admirable actions taken, in the heat of the event, without a thought to people’s rights.
And here’s the next steps where they would go next if they’re admiring New Zealand’s action.
It isn’t only guns that New Zealand was banning.
The country also announced that they had outlawed the shooting video and arrested a man for having one.
And now they have also announced that they are banning possession or distribution of the killer’s manifesto.
From The Hill:
The country’s Office of Film and Literature Classification said the document is objectionable under law.
“There is an important distinction to be made between ‘hate speech,’ which may be rejected by many right-thinking people, but which is legal to express, and this type of publication, which is deliberately constructed to inspire further murder and terrorism,” New Zealand’s Chief Censor David Shanks said in a statement. “It crosses the line.”
Yes. They actually have a chief censor. Yikes.
He called upon anyone who had it to delete it or they could be arrested for possessing it.
And if you get caught with it you can get up to ten years in jail.
Now, it’s one thing to discourage viewing of the video or the manifesto, telling people it’s not good to spread it because it’s awful and could be inflammatory. It’s quite another thing to make it illegal to possess it, making it a crime.
It’s already everywhere, it’s like looking the door after the horse is already out.
Multiple articles and sites cited to the manifesto.
It’s troubling that a country would act so quickly to curtail the rights of its people, perhaps even more so since that’s one of the things the shooter apparently wanted.
And it makes you grateful to have a Constitution.
But it’s even more troubling when Democrats cite the same country as a model of action.