Deputy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised the leadership in weapons control, demonstrated by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, following the deadly shootings of the Christchurch mosque by a white nationalist.
Ardern proclaimed this as a result of the extreme right In a terrorist attack that killed 50 people and injured dozens, New Zealand banned some of the "military" weapons and parts that make it possible to alter other weapons.
Ocasio-Cortez, a well-known New York Democrat For her openness, she compared the lack of arms control measures in the United States after mass shootings, such as the Sandy Hook Primary massacre that killed 26, and the rapid action of Ardern.
"Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can & # 39; The Senate could even hold a vote on universal background checks with HR8, "Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, pointing to a house bill that would require a background check on all arms sales, including private transactions. [1
Tarrant published a manifesto next to the alleged attack, listing his white supremacist faith, his hatred of Muslims, and his desire for further violence. He called immigration in the white majority as an invasion. Tarrant has been charged with murder and is in custody awaiting further charges.
"I announce today that New Zealand will ban all semi-automatic military-style weapons," Ardern said at a news conference on Thursday. 19659002] "We will also ban all assault rifles. We will ban all high capacity journals. We will ban all parts with the ability to turn semi-automatic or other types of firearms into a military semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to produce semi-automatic, automatic or near automatic firearms.
"In short, any semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday is banned in that country," Ardern said.
Despite calls from activists and multiple mass shooting, a similar move is unlikely in the US, where the right to carry arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution and weapons control is a fierce split.
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