After a white supremacist terrorist slaughtered 50 Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s Prime Minister immediately announced intentions to ban AR-15’s and similar assault weapons.
Now, citizens of New Zealand are following her lead, surrendering their assault rifles for destruction and lessening the chance that the carnage inflicted upon New Zealanders last week doesn’t occur again.
One of these gun owners was farmer John Hart, who said:
“On the farm [firearms] are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn’t outweigh the risk of misuse.”
Until today I was one of the New Zealanders who owned a semi-automatic rifle. On the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn’t outweigh the risk of misuse.
We don’t need these in our country.
— John Hart (@farmgeek) March 18, 2019
He wasn’t the only one to surrender his firearm.
Since I first heard about the atrocity on Friday afternoon I have reflected and reserved my thoughts.
Monday morning – this is one of the easiest decisions I have ever made.
Have owned a firearm for 31 years. pic.twitter.com/fBFqfd0gTm
— Blackstone (@SirWB) March 17, 2019
For Americans especially, it’s hard to imagine many gun owners voluntarily surrendering their firearms in the event of mass shootings, which happen at an alarming regularity in the United States.
The internet hailed those willing to surrender the weapons.
— binary smasher (@kiwinerd) March 18, 2019
If only more gun owners could be this reasonable
— Jan (@justjanrose) March 18, 2019
Really proud of you. Such a positive choice.
— 2covet (@2covet) March 18, 2019
@WeavingHouse Respect mate, thank you.
— Otautau Museum Collections & Archives (@OtautauT) March 18, 2019
I’m impressed! This is the third of these I’ve seen this week. It’s s good pattern
— Très Kewl (@treskewl1) March 18, 2019