Based upon the actions of the Prime Minister of New Zealand, that mantra is the impetus behind a recent action. We are all appalled at the heinous attack of two mosques in Christchurch, NZ, that took the lives of 50 innocent people. We feel the same about the deranged individuals who used firearms to attack congregants at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC.
However, the collective punishment of law-abiding legal firearm owners should never be the response. However, in New Zealand that is not the case.
As reported by Townhall:
“Late last night New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a ban on “military-style” semi-automatic rifles in the country.
“Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles. We will also ban all high-capacity magazines,” she said.
“We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon.”
According to Ardern, “military style” is defined by the following:
Two types of firearms are now defined as Military Style Semi-Automatics (MSSAs):
· A semi-automatic firearm capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges
· A semi-automatic shotgun capable of being used with a detachable magazine which holds more than five cartridges
The new bans are effective immediately, although they will go through parliament for a vote. Ardern said sellers should halt the sales of the banned weapons immediately and warned shops to return their stockpiles to suppliers. Residents caught with the banned guns will face the penalties, including fines of up to $4,000 and/or three years in prison.”
That is how it happens, folks. Bam, gun control is implemented without any voice of law-abiding legal firearms owners being heard. Overnight, you have done nothing, yet you are now a criminal. You are rendered defenseless due to the actions of one deranged person.
This is how it all got started in Venezuela back in June of 2012, when Hugo Chavez outlawed private gun ownership. His reason? Yes, to control gun violence, and now the people of Venezuela are being gunned down, indiscriminately, but the socialist dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro. So, it should come as no surprise that our own socialists are embracing this tyrannical move.
“Democrat presidential candidate and socialist Bernie Sanders endorsed the move right away and said it needs to happen in the United States. He wants to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights overnight.
Based on the specific criteria outlined in the New Zealand ban, Sanders is calling for a ban on essentially every firearm in the United States. The functional definition of “assault rifle” in this case includes nearly all firearms in regular, legal and proper use by millions of Americans.
New Zealand doesn’t have a Second Amendment. The United States of America, does.”Let me explain. Every one of your semi-automatic handguns would be banned if Bernie Sanders, and his ilk, got their way. Basically, you would be relegated to a revolver and a single action shotgun, due to the whims of the progressive socialist left . . . and they will eventually rid you of even those firearms.
What is very interesting is that the shooter in New Zealand was chased down by a man with a semi-automatic handgun. Guess what? He is a criminal as of right now if he does not surrender his weapon!
As you may recall, the person who ended the shooting rampage in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Stephen Willeford, did so with his own AR-15. He is also an NRA trained firearms instructor. If ol’ “feel da Bern” had his way, Mr. Willeford would be a criminal overnight.
Thank God, our Founding Fathers had the insight to codify our right to keep and bear arms in our Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Then again, according to Nancy Pelosi, that would not stop a Democrat (socialist) president from calling a national emergency on gun violence to institute gun control. Ya know, that pesky Constitution should never get in the way of socialist ideological domination.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took the path of cowardice and instituted collective punishment against law-abiding citizens. I hope she can look into the face of the man who chased down the New Zealand mosque shooter with his semi-automatic handgun and tell him to turn in his weapon or face jail for three years.
Two words, folks: Molon Labe!
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.