Since the New Zealand Shooting...

Last Friday, terrorist attacks on two mosques killed 50 people in New Zealand and left countless others injured. The shooter used a semi-automatic weapon in his terrorist attack, similar to the weapons we have seen be used countless times in US shootings. This morning, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden of New Zealand banned all semi-automatic firearms and high capacity magazines in her country. This law was proposed 6 days after the terrorist attack, and is said to take effect in about three weeks. Arden has said, "the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end, and today they will" essentially promising to combat this terrifying reality. After seeing this, I know that the people of New Zealand will be better off and more protected. What I am bringing to the Caucus platform is: why can't our country take swift action like New Zealand has? The reason these mass shootings keep occurring (besides the obvious) is because no laws are proptly enacted to prevent them. Why do you think that is? Do you think New Zealand is "doing it right" or is our mechanism for dealing with mass shootings okay for now... Yes, there is the second amendment arugment; however, I believe stricter gun laws must be brought to our government in order to protect all US citizens. Fear is not our friend. Do you agree? How could we adapt a mindset/policy/behavior like New Zealand's? Is this even possible?

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