Why USA hasn’t toughened gun laws: New Zealand PM

Vastavam web: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday said that she does not understand why the United States has not toughened gun laws following mass shootings which have claimed scores of lives, including students’. Just a few days after the Christchurch terrorist attacks, New Zealand announced a ban on military-style semiautomatic weapons, assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines. Ardern highlighted that while guns have a “practical purpose” in New Zealand, she added that it “does not mean you need access to military-style semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles.” She made these comments while speaking to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour here.

She is currently in Paris to hold a summit, aimed at making the world’s biggest internet platforms remove extremist content online. The summit has been co-organised by Ardern along with French President Emmanuel Macron. The summit in Paris will see world leaders and tech executives sign a pledge called the “Christchurch Call,” that aims at ending the use of social media for terrorism.