Strict gun laws won’t stop violence
My wife and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary with a wonderful trip to the amazing land of New Zealand.
We happened to be in Christchurch at a museum a block away from the deadliest mosque shooting, on the Ides of March. The police ushered people out of the park and into the museum and locked us in for three hours. Being so close to so many people being murdered was heart-rending, to say the least.
Gun control has already been very strict in NZ. They have no second amendment. It is against the law to carry a gun in public for self-defense. If you want to acquire a gun in NZ, you must go through a battery of psychological tests. Though hunting is popular, the number of guns owned in NZ per person is one fifth of the U.S. Even the police do not carry guns.
Logic suggests that with strict gun control, the shootings would be more deadly. The facts back this up. In the U.S., there have been 1.2 people per million population killed in mass shootings over the past 10 years. In NZ, this number is 11.3 people. With strict gun laws and a low level of gun ownership, the death-rate from mass shootings in NZ is nine times worse than the U.S.
In the mosque near us, the shooter had time to go back out to his car, reload, and come back in to kill more people. This is the type of scenario that these monsters want.
Strict gun control did not prevent this tragedy in NZ. It made it worse. NZ is now in a vicious cycle. More gun control leads to more mass shooting deaths. More mass shooting deaths leads to more gun control, etc.
After several church and synagogue shootings in the U.S. in recent years, I know people who now carry a concealed gun to church with them. If this mass shooter were in the U.S., there is a better chance that someone would be quickly shooting back. This will not only reduce fatalities, but also likely deter the mass shooters in the first place. They do not want to be quickly killed by people shooting back.
An effective way to prevent this level of slaughter is for a few good people to carry guns for self-defense into every church, synagogue, temple and mosque.
Mark Beeksma, Koloa