Within a week after the mass shootings that killed 49 in two New Zealand mosques last month, New Zealand’s government changed the gun laws to prevent something like this from happening again.
New Zealand’s new gun laws ban all military-style semi-automatic assault rifles and high capacity magazines.
The government took this action within a week to ensure that such an act of terrorism would not be repeated. To avoid stockpiling, the government is using a buyback system to remove the newly banned guns from New Zealanders who owned them.
New Zealand’s response was strong, fast and appropriate.
Meanwhile, the United States experienced 340 mass shootings in 2018 alone, and no similar laws have been passed to address our epidemic of gun violence.
Following the Las Vegas shooting in 2017, which killed 58 concert goers, our government leaders said it was not the time to talk about gun laws.
In 2018, following the Parkland, Florida, shooting, which killed 17 high school students and staff, and injured 17 others, our leaders took no legislative action.
It took one massive shooting for New Zealand to tighten their gun laws and halt the possibility of another mass shooting.
There are many ways that the U.S. can and must strengthen gun control laws.
This is not a conversation that can wait. Now is the time to have it, to change the laws.
Schools, from kindergarten through college, are training faculty, staff and students in what to do in the event of a mass shooting.
“Run, hide, fight” workshops are as common as fire drills. This is the new normal, but it should not be.
The issue is urgent and the time is now for gun control here – before we experience one more mass shooting.