I apologize in advance as my knowledge is not that good, so please correct me if i said anything that is wrong
I think the two differences between the US and NZ is that this time the terrorist purchased his firearm legally, vs a lot of the cases in the US mass shootings are either guns purchased illegally or guns that were purchased for them / taken from a parent.
I think in NZ case, we cannot use "banning doesn't work because criminals will always find a way to get a gun" excuse. I do agree with what most has already said, I don't see a problem with stricter control on magazines AND universal background checks. While I don't necessarily agree (to be fair I actually don't know which way i lean atm) with a ban right out , at least the difference between FL and MA seems to be how easy some people can get their way around guns.
in NZ's case, i don't know if their ban and buyback policy now will help much as I don't think NZ has much of a mass shooting history, but in my opinion, possibly due to the policy (gun ownership per capita , as US ranks #1 vs NZ @ 20 )
I do think and have no objections if it comes to universal background checks and stricter control on magazines being implemented in the US.
There are lots of examples of American mass shooters obtaining their killing weapons legally. Lots. The easiest example the worst American mass killingin Las Vegas. The shooter had all legally obtained weapons.
The reason New Zealand is getting something done with new laws after just one mass shooting and America isn't is politics. Plain and simple politics. Much stricter gun control laws will adversely affect gun and ammunition companies and they use the NRA as a political machine to generate "take away your guns" fear and pay many, many politicians to kill any type of national gun control laws.
I will say, have said many times here, that I think the 2nd Amendment is an outdated Amendment and should be repealed. I don't think you need to completely outlaw possession of all firearms but I think gun ownership should be an absolute necessity not a right.
People in areas far from law enforcement, they should have guns. People in law enforcement, they should have guns. People who need to protect their lands from wild animals, they should have guns. People who need guns to hunt for food to survive, they should have guns.
But what I want will never happen so I would be cool with
- No assault weapons.
- No high capacity mags
- No bump stocks
- Much tougher background checks mandatory
- Allow CDC to study gun related death research
- Change laws as to how weapons are handled when someone loses their right to possess firearms
- Massive reform on hand gun possession. Hand guns are the plague that kills in America, not rifles and some hunting weapons.
- Study mental health and gun possession and create laws that would limit gun possession to those with certain mental illnesses
- National register of every gun owned legally in America
- Research technology that can be implemented on all newly manufactured guns for sale in America to have finger activated technology and then make it happen by law