US Democrats hail New Zealand’s move on banning assault weapons
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s quick action to ban assault rifles after a horrific mass shooting prompted leading Democrats to demand tough gun control in the United States, where mass shootings have killed hundreds in recent years and where modest legislation to regulate the sale of firearms is stalled in Congress.
Independent senator and Democratic presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders on Thursday hailed New Zealand’s move just days after a gunman’s rampage left 50 mosque-goers dead in Christchurch.
“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA [National Rifle Association] gun lobby and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” Sanders wrote on Twitter. For years, the Vermont lawmaker has had a mixed record on gun control.
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