Eleanor Ainge Roy in Christchurch writes in the Guardian: ’Real leaders do exist‘:
That was March 19, 2019. Remember?
Jacinda Ardern uses solace and steel to guide a broken nation. The 38-year-old prime minister has been tested like no other New Zealand leader before by the worst terrorist attack in the nation’s modern history.
While her leadership was spot on and has been applauded worldwide, I wondered at the time, how successful she would ultimately be, putting thru new gun control legislation. New Zealand has its own lobby of gun enthusiasts, like the NRA.
I also wondered, why can’t the US produce political leaders of the same caliber. Here is a follow up on this story.
As by Nov 2019, we have encouraging reports on a gun buyback:
More Than 32,000 Prohibited Guns Turned in, as New Zealand Buyback Deadline Approaches. By
Some have tried to analyse the paralysis on this issue in the US. For example:
US gun laws: Why it won’t follow New Zealand’s lead, by
Here is an example of where we stand in the USA:
A leading gun industry group is confident they will win. It believes the U.S. Supreme Court should have reviewed and dismissed a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says it’s disappointed that justices Tuesday allowed the lawsuit against Remington Arms to move forward in a Connecticut court but is confident the company will prevail at trial.
SCOTUS has ruled twice to protect a very expansive and lax interpretation of the 2nd amendment, in particular, relative to the “well regulated” in
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
So I am not too optimistic in regard to the lawsuit against Remington Arms.
What about our current crop of Dem. presidential hopefuls? According to Politico and update
In favor of a gun licensing program: Booker, Buttigieg, Williamson, Yang
In favor of a national firearm registry: Steyer
Also: Eric Swalwell, who has dropped out.
Most of the other candidates (16) are “still deciding” according to this October 15th 2019 report. See comments section regarding updated info!
Contrast this with Jacintha Ardern!
Updated info regarding their gun-control plans:
Kamala Harris: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/22/us/politics/kamala-harris-gun-control.html
Amy Klobuchar: https://medium.com/@AmyforAmerica/turning-ideas-into-action-senator-klobuchar-on-gun-violence-57fb7bc94d67
A more effective deterrent to gun violence is strong red flag laws that would enable law enforcement to confiscate guns from those who should not have them. Such an approach would not incite the revolt a gun licensing proposal would.
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