New Zealand Is Not the United States

Mar. 22, 2019
by Bob Adelmann

Thanks be to Heaven it isn’t. New Zealand has no codified constitution. It has no Second Amendment. It has no organized resistance to tyranny. Hence the gun ban announced yesterday by the country’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, in response to last week’s attacks on mosques in Christchurch is likely to fly through the country’s Parliament like grease through a goose.

She announced the ban, and the bill hadn’t even been written yet! Such is the way down under. Said Ardern:

We will ban all high-capacity magazines. 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.

In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday [March 15] will be banned in this country.

The ban presumably would ban shotguns and lever-action rifles, which the shooter, Brenton Tarrant, also used to carry out his attack. Included in his arsenal were some undetonated car bombs, but Ardern failed to mention anything about banning them as well.

The ban would also prohibit people like Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah, a worshipper at the Linwood mosque, from picking up one of Tarrant’s shotguns and using it successfully to thwart his second attack before it became a calamity, and preventing Tarrant from driving to a third mosque to continue his attack.

The ban will affect most of the legal gun owners in New Zealand, but none of the criminals who will always find a weapon to conduct their attacks. Just 242,000 people out of the country’s 4.5 million inhabitants have a license to own a firearm. There are an estimated 1.2 million to 1.5 million firearms owned privately, with no numbers available of the weaponry owned by criminals.

If a law-abiding citizen and gun owner defies the ban, the penalty will be $4,000 and/or three years in prison. Of course, in its final form the ban could impose stiffer penalties.

What’s predictable is the ban’s impact: Little if any on the country’s already low rate of violent crime, and none at all on any criminal planning a similar attack. That’s partly because the shooter was no ordinary criminal, but a highly intelligent socialist intending not only to harm and kill as many innocents as possible, but also to make a statement directed at the United States. As Selwyn Duke noted in The New American, Tarrant

wrote a manifesto and explained in it that he perpetrated his act with firearms precisely because of the “effect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide, and the effect it could have on the politics of the United States….”

Duke also noted that Tarrant had his choice of weaponry, but chose semi-automatic rifles for “marketing” purposes:

I could have chosen any weapons or means. A [homemade explosive that filled] a rental van, household flour [along with] a method of dispersion and an ignition source … a ball-peen hammer and a wooden shield. Gas, fire, vehicular attacks, plane attacks, any [number of] means were available.

I had the will and I had the resources.

What kind of law would have prevented this deranged ideologue with means from conducting the outrage last Friday?

When the U.S. Congress passed the Clinton gun ban in 1994, it happily had a 10-year sunset clause. In 2004, much effort was expended to show whether the similar ban on semi-automatic rifles had a positive impact on gun violence in the U.S. None could be found, and the ban expired.

Most threats to the U.S. Constitution are from within. One of the main forces trying to destroy the Constitutional U.S. is a billionaire with a totalitarian bent. Read more about him and his crusade to destroy this country in this FREE report.

New Zealand’s culture and history doesn’t reflect America’s. From the Declaration of Independence (from Great Britain, by the way):

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

And, just to ensure that the national government created by the U.S. Constitution stayed within its bounds, the Bill of Rights was adopted, including the essential Second Amendment:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

As a result the 330 million people in America own between 400 million and 600 million firearms.

Removing them, as is the ultimate goal of the communists largely in control of the central government, is going to be vastly more difficult in the U.S. than in New Zealand. The island’s compliant populace has, until the shooting last Friday, not been propagandized to anywhere near the extent of America’s. As a result, gun owners have joined groups like Gun Owners of America, The Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens’ Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, and others as they have become aware of the consequences of a disarmed and thus defenseless populace ruled by governmental tyranny.

For its efforts, New Zealand’s prime minister will see no decrease in her country’s already low crime rate, but its citizens will see a vast increase in governmental control. They will shortly learn that “gun control” has nothing whatever to do with crime control but everything to do with “people control.”

Because our culture is so much different from New Zealand’s personal freedom is much more secure here. Thanks be to Heaven.


An Ivy League graduate and former investment advisor, Bob is a regular contributor to The New American primarily on economics and politics. He can be reached at

Sources: ‘Gun Control’ Against The AR-15 Is Full Of Lies

Wall Street Journal: New Zealand to Ban Military-Style Semiautomatic Weapons, Assault Rifles

The New American: “There Will be No Opposition”: After Shooting, New Zealand Will Further Outlaw Guns

Fox News: New Zealand prime minister announces ban on ‘military-style semi-automatic weapons’ after mosque attack HERO USED SHOTGUN TO CHASE OFF NEW ZEALAND MOSQUE SHOOTER

Christchurch mosque shootings

History of New Zealand

Just How Many Guns Do Americans Actually Own?

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