Gun-related crime cases have reached a record high in New Zealand three years since gun confiscation operations began. On March 15, 2019, 51 worshippers were killed in the Christchurch terror attack, which led to tougher gun laws and a firearms buy-back policy.
On March 21, 2019, New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Arden shifted the target to lawful gun owners by deliberately stopping the trade of semi-automatic handguns that used a detachable magazine to ordinary citizens. The arms amendment act 2019 was approved in April of the same year. The legislation’s main aim was to ban ownership of all semi-automatic firearms and their magazines.
To impose the ban, the new legislation proposed a confiscation scheme. Legal gun owners were forced to surrender their guns to the government with a promised compensation that wasn’t honored. It’s no doubt that during the process, it is innocent victims who were disarmed and not criminals.
According to their leaders and the new gun laws, surrendering legally-acquired guns would make the country much safer, which isn’t the case. The nation is recording the highest murder and death rates ever witnessed.
A recent report by MSN states, “Data released by police under the Official Information Act shows ten murder or manslaughter deaths in 2022, up until July 31. There were 11 in total in 2021.” Gun-related injuries are also steadily increasing, with predictions showing it is likely to beat 300. 2021 recorded the highest number of injury cases, which were 298.
A comparison of the last one year with a decade before shows that gun control laws have zero effect on gun crime. Data shows that gun crimes and related injuries have increased by 53% and 327%, respectively.
In fact, criminals are more ready than ever to use their guns against helpless and unarmed people. The saddest part is that PM Arden and other politicians supporting these laws will have security protecting them and their families.