David Hogg took an opportunity on Twitter Wednesday to praise New Zealand for its sweeping new gun ban while blasting the U.S. government in the process.
Linking to an article announcing that the New Zealand parliament, on its third and final reading, passed The Arms (Prohibited Firearms, Magazines, and Parts) Amendment Bill by a 119 to 1 vote, Hogg said, “When your government is not owned by gun manufacturers.”
When your government is not owned by gun manufacturers. https://t.co/Ud5cqlvwlZ
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) April 10, 2019
The legislation, which after a royal assent by the country’s governor-general could take effect as soon as this Friday, less than a month after the March 15 Christchurch attack, retroactively bans all semiautomatic firearms with limited exceptions. Owners of prohibited firearms will have until September to turn ‘em over or else face penalties ranging from 2 to 10 years in prison depending on the offense.
Speaking at the reading Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke about her shock when learning that semiautomatic firearms were widely available to citizens and the need to forgo the standard political process to immediately change the laws.
“I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country. I could not fathom that,” Ardern explained.
“I could not hand-on-heart go down and face not just the media, not just the public, but the victims that had been left behind from this terror attack and tell them hand-on-heart that our system and our laws allow these guns to be available and that was okay. Because it was not.
“I made a decision after that briefing that I would go down that day and, without having the chance to question the Parliament, know that Parliament would be with me. And they were.”
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This knee-jerk approach to restricting firearm ownership is exactly what the modern gun-control movement wants in the U.S. In fact, we’ve seen a version of it at the state level. The unconstitutional NY SAFE Act was rammed through the state legislature in 2013 approximately one month after the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
As with The Arms Amendment Bill, the SAFE Act was deliberately fast-tracked before emotions cooled and constituents could speak out to representatives about the significant flaws of the legislation.
Hogg, for his part, still claims that he is not trying to take anyone’s firearms. In a recent speech for the American Program Bureau, Hogg explained that he doesn’t favor disarming an individual unless they are a prohibited person or an individual at risk of being a danger to themselves or others. See the video below.
The problem with this stance is that one cannot simultaneous applaud a country for confiscating hundreds of thousands of firearms from its citizens on one hand, and then, on the other, lament that something similar isn’t being done here in the U.S. because the government is “owned by gun manufacturers.”
Hogg, if he wants to be taken seriously, should at least have the balls to admit that disarming Americans is the end game. Because parading around and pretending otherwise reeks of B.S.