New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is an American mainstream media darling this week after her call to immediately ban all “military-style” weapons in her country following a deadly mass shooting on a mosque last week.
“America Deserves a Leader as Good as Jacinda Ardern,” the editorial board of the New York Times wrote, praising her swift response.
Yet it’s President Trump that gets called a dictator by mainstream media journalists and the guests they bring on.
Arden’s gun ban encompasses “all military-style semiautomatic and automatic weapons, parts that can be used to turn other rifles into such weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines,” according to the Times.
People who own such firearms will be required to hand them over to police if Ardern's ban is passed by the New Zealand Parliament. It's unlikely to see any resistance in Parliament and is expected to be in place by April 11, Fortune reported.
The Times criticized the U.S. for not taking similar, reactionary measures after mass shootings and said Arden “showed what leadership looks like in a time of crisis.” And they lauded her for “stripping the haters of their weapons,” even though most of the people who will have their firearms taken away by this ban are law-abiding citizens.
On Thursday, Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called on America to enact a new gun ban that would make New Zealand’s pale in comparison. She wrote on Twitter:
“You know, instead of training children, teachers, houses of faith, & concertgoers to prep for being shot, we could just:
-Pass Universal Background checks (#HR8!)
-Disarm domestic abusers
-Mandate safe storage
-Ban bump stocks, semiautos, & high cap mags designed to kill people”
Despite what Ocasio-Cortez falsely claimed, these training courses don’t prepare people “for being shot.” They’re intended to prepare people to avoid getting shot or to stop the shooter.
But that’s a minor issue. The bigger issue, on top of the severe firearms restrictions the young congresswoman is demanding, is that she included “semiautos” on her list.
Semi-automatic firearms are not just so-called “assault rifles” like AR-15s. They are any handgun or rifle that auto-reloads after you pull the trigger and fire a round.
In other words, Ocasio-Cortez’ ban would include most firearms in America.
Perhaps she doesn’t understand with a semi-automatic is. Or perhaps she does want gun owners in America to turn in most of their self-defense weapons and rely on law enforcement to arrive on time to protect them in every single circumstance.
Some of her Twitter followers decided to educate her a little.