Socialist presidential contender Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is demanding New Zealand-style gun control in the United States. Bernie tweeted: “This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA, and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States.” New Zealand’s knee-jerk reaction to a racist terrorist attack against Muslims resulted in a successful rush to ban scary-looking rifles-“high-capacity, military-style” guns. Memo to Bernie: These regulations would have affected only two of the five lawfully owned firearms in possession of the Christchurch shooter during the attack, and that assumes the shooter would have been inclined to obey the law.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
Socialist presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders reacted to the New Zealand gun ban by calling for similar ban in the U.S.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on military style semi-automatic rifles, assault rifles, “high capacity” magazines, and certain gun parts. The Christchurch attacker had five guns in his possession at the time of his attacks, two of the five were semiautomatic.
Sanders tweeted in response to New Zealand’s ban:
This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States. https://t.co/lSAisDG9Ur
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 21, 2019
Sanders’ tweet continues the promulgation of the myth that banning a certain type of firearm will make us safer. However, Department of Justice reports make two things clear: First, the 1994-2004 “assault weapons” ban did not reduce crime. Secondly, “Assault weapons” are not the gun of choice for criminals.