Friday, April 19, 2019

After deadly 1996 massacre, Australia overhauled its gun laws. New Zealand now plans to do the same

"The clear lesson from history around the world is that to make our communities safer, the time to act is now."

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has vowed to change the country’s gun laws following the deadly Christchurch massacre Friday that left 50 people dead and millions around the globe mourning following the massacre. The terrorist attack unfolded at two mosques during Friday prayer, when a lone gunman and avid white supremacist opened fire on worshipers while live-streaming the attack on Facebook. It was the deadliest shooting in the country’s modern history. The shooter reportedly used five guns to carry out the attack, including two semiautomatic assault weapons. We speak with Rebecca Peters, an international arms control advocate and member of the International Action Network on Small Arms. She led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre, when a gunman shot dead 35 people at a cafe. After the attack, Australia cracked down on gun violence, outlawing automatic and semiautomatic rifles. More than 640,000 weapons were turned in to authorities in a nationwide buyback.

Guests

  • Rebecca Peters international arms control advocate and a member of the International Action Network on Small Arms. She led the campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws after the Port Arthur massacre.
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