New Zealand set to make radical gun law changes...

  Quickbeam 06:42 18 Mar 2019
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...quite quickly.

The NZ PM was saying on the news that the pro gun lobby can offer no credible argument in opposing such changes and that the public opinion is fully in favour of this action being taken very quickly.

Not the guaranteed solution that the CNN link suggests, but they will be horrified that the same public opinion may catch on in the USA, but if you don't have legal machine guns to start with...

  Quickbeam 07:05 18 Mar 2019
  rickf 08:31 18 Mar 2019
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TRump will be verily upset. Quick decision by the female PM, much respect.

  oresome 20:06 18 Mar 2019

Politicians have got to be seen to be doing something but the reality is that laws are only relevant to law abiding citizens.

While ever these type of weapons are manufactured those so minded will be able to get hold of them regardless of the law.

  Quickbeam 21:12 18 Mar 2019

But we can make it harder.

  Forum Editor 23:00 18 Mar 2019

"Quick decision by the female PM, much respect."

Much respect indeed, but it's not as easy as that. There is a very powerful gun lobby in New Zealand, and Jacinda Arden will need to act very quickly to tighten New Zealand's surprisingly lax laws on gun sales before the pro-gun lobby gets into gear, and the will to legislate starts to lose momentum.

  qwbos 00:02 19 Mar 2019

before the pro-gun lobby gets into gear

I think you'll find that they're on constant readiness and their standard responses will be chugged out much as they are in America. Roll out a few gun toting celebrities and footage of families enjoying a day out blasting everything within range to kingdom come.

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of gun ownership by area to see if ownership reflects the claimed uses.

  Quickbeam 11:42 19 Mar 2019

She seems to have the full support of the current cabinet to move quickly and radically.

  Forum Editor 15:53 19 Mar 2019

New Zealand should be proud of Jacinda Arden. Her decision to announce that she will never mention the name of the perpetrator in public, thereby denying him the publicity people like him crave, is something other governments should emulate.

  Quickbeam 05:57 20 Mar 2019

I have to say that I had no idea who the New Zealand PM was until this shooting, but in the last few days she's come over a a very strong leader.

  oresome 21:20 20 Mar 2019

Emotions are raw after such an horrific event and a political leader can be sure of public opinion being behind them.

Introducing new laws in such circumstances is probably not the wisest time.

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