Editorial: New Zealand gun crime soars following gun bans. Betcha won’t see Democrats talk about it.

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NEW ZEALAND – When sorting through the noise produced via the clamoring of gun control advocates, it all boils down to one question:

Does gun control actually work?

A recent deep dive into data pertaining to New Zealand’s gun ban following the Christchurch massacre seems to say that banning guns doesn’t really prevent gun-related crimes.

Back in April of 2019, the New Zealand government passed what was dubbed as the Arms Amendment Act. A myriad of different semi-automatic firearms and various pump action shotguns saw themselves banned as a result.

The whole idea behind this ban was that by making something illegal, then somehow any calamity involving said illegal items suddenly becomes less frequent.

That, however, appears to be a pipe dream in relation to gun control, or at least that’s what is found when reviewing 2019 data for gun crimes in New Zealand.

Back in 2014, five years before the Arms Act was even a thing, gun deaths in New Zealand were one death per 1 million people. By 2019, that number increased to 2.4 deaths per one million people.

Alf Filipaina, who serves as the councilor for Auckland City, isn’t sure why there’s been in increase in gun crime within New Zealand:

“I don’t know whether it’s about the accessibility to firearms … all I know is that we need to get the details behind the offences. It’s hard to pinpoint, [if] it’s because of the gangs or because of drugs, or domestics, without knowing the details behind.”

In fact, New Zealand showcased some of the highest numbers overall in their rates of gun crime and deaths involving firearms for close to 10 years. In 2019, there were 3,540 instances where police encountered an offender in possession of a gun.

New Zealand is just another example of the failed logic behind gun control being the answer to gun-related crime and violence. In 2017, Robert Fargo from USA Today went so far as to say that the belief that gun control is the answer to gun crime and mass shootings was “dangerously naïve.”

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In an article in response to the killings enacted by Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, Fargo pointed to the fact that Paddock managed to break several laws on the books in order to commit the atrocities he did that day in 2017:

“When Stephen Paddock opened fire, he broke the law against murder. Dozens of times. Believing that any gun control law would have disarmed or dissuaded a man willing to commit mass murder is to fail to understand the nature of the beast.”

Fargo further pointed out that there’s no magical law that can be crafted that will somehow cease gun violence, as those with criminal intent have a tendency to disregard any law in their pathway to fulfilling their criminal desire:

“If we could pass laws that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mass murderers, it would reduce firearms-related crime. But we can’t. Gun control doesn’t work.”

This shouldn’t be news though, honestly. Law after law has been passed within the United States that has proven that just because an item or substance is illegal, it doesn’t mean that it won’t be obtained or crafted. A prime example would be the rum runners during the era of the prohibition.

Another point to give credence to the notion that the banning of firearms won’t stop crimes being committed with them is back when the United States outlawed methamphetamines in the 1970s.

Sure, someone couldn’t buy their meth-laced Obetrol to combat obesity anymore in the U.S. commercially, but then you just had people making meth inside their garage. Here we are, 50 years later, and people are still cooking up meth.  

Yet, gun control is also unique in what it does accomplish if ever passed into law.

It creates a conundrum where wholly obedient individuals are deprived with a means of protection. It’s not the same as outlawing a substance like a narcotic, where those who abide by all laws would simply be deprived of partaking in said substance.

What gun control laws have the ability to do is remove the proverbial equalizer of dangerous encounters.

To quote Anthony Colandro, one of the NRA’s Board of Directors:

“Everyone should learn how to use a gun. Because, like a fire extinguisher, you should have it and hope you never have to use it. But if you have to use it, you’re gonna be glad you have it.”

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