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« on: April 11, 2019, 07:16:09 pm »


from The Washington Post…

EDITORIAL: It took New Zealand 26 days to act on gun control.
Congress has been stalling for years.


Less than a month after a terrorist attack, the nation bans most semi-automatic firearms.

By THE WASHINGTON POST EDITORIAL BOARD | 6:06PM EDT — Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a news conference in Christchurch on March 28. — Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks at a news conference in Christchurch on March 28. — Photograph: Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images.

FIFTY VICTIMS. Twenty-six days. That — along with common-sense leadership from government officials — is what it took for New Zealand to pass a law that bans most semi-automatic weapons in the country. The contrast with the United States is both inescapable and striking. Despite the loss of far more lives in far more mass shootings — more than 2,000 mass shootings since the slaughter of elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 — Congress has refused to make any significant change in federal gun law, including a needed reimposition of the ban on the assault rifles that are often the weapons of choice of mass murderers.

“I can recall very vividly the moment I knew that we would need to be here, doing what we are doing right now,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Wednesday as Parliament voted to outlaw military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles. Attacks on two mosques in Christchurch by a white nationalist on March 15 had killed 50 people and, she said, “I could not fathom how weapons that could cause such destruction and large-scale death could have been obtained legally in this country.” She put a temporary ban in place just days after the terrorist killings. Legislation to make the ban permanent and authorize a buy-back of the banned weapons moved swiftly through Parliament, passing with the support of all but one of the 120 lawmakers.

New Zealand's form of government makes it easier for the ruling party to pass legislation. There also is no constitutional right to own guns, as exists in the United States with the Second Amendment. But the most significant difference between the two countries — even as the vast majority of Americans favor sensible gun laws — is the outsize and malign influence of the National Rifle Association.




There have been some encouraging signs that the gun lobby's control over lawmakers may be waning in the face of growing effectiveness of grass-roots movements for gun safety. Hopefully, the resolve shown by New Zealand will serve as a model. It is notable, for example, that the government there consulted with the country's hunting and rural communities about the impact of an assault-weapons ban and the general consensus was that military-style weapons were not really necessary. Indeed, even before the ban was enacted, some gun owners surrendered their semi-automatic weapons. Tweeted one farmer: “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.”

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 • VIDEO: New Zealand passes law banning most semi-automatic weapons

 • New Zealand passes law banning most semi-automatic weapons, less than a month after mosque massacres

 • The Washington Post's View: New Zealand is showing America how to respond to mass shootings

 • Elizabeth Bruenig: The New Zealand attack and the fundamental thoughtlessness of evil

 • The Washington Post's View: Trump sends the wrong message on New Zealand. World leaders must denounce the attack.


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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 12:41:41 pm »



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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2019, 05:33:03 am »

I cringe
at your dose of daily brainwashing from WP, to me it all seems too silly, but I guess it must be important for you to feel like you belong to something big that feeds your delusion,
it's like an echo that pings back to you, tickles your fancy and makes you feel some passion in your otherwise empty drab lonely life.

we are all trapped in our very own personal bubble, our time is ticking away,

if you want to know what's wrong with this  world
just look at your own reflection in the mirror, if you're ashamed of your own whiteness mabe with help you could change your skin colour

in 1000 years I do not think anyone will ever know that you and I even existed, dust to dust ashes to ashes off we go so why worry about anything?

it is our little bit of worthless pride before the fall

there are no winners in this game,
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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2019, 04:46:55 pm »


American gun nuts obviously have a tiny penis, so use their ownership of semi-automatic firearms as compensation in a vain attempt to make themselves feel like a real man.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 07:14:00 am »

are you a man or a whining white pussy with a dick fixation?

I think you've gone completely off the rails with your dick size conspiracy theory Grin
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 07:18:29 am »

haha funny fella Grin

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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 02:05:26 pm »


Only gutless wonders need to hide behind guns.

REAL men don't need them to feel like a man.

I guess this means you are an effeminate pussy.

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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2019, 08:21:06 pm »

you're just walking around and around and talking to yourself inside your cuck echo chamber

in your cucko-chamber you should wear your pants on your head Wink
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« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2019, 12:33:43 pm »

yawn

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« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2019, 02:43:30 pm »


Whatever.

It's done. The law has been passed. And the gun-nuts and their irrelevant white-noise have been ignored.

So shove that up your clacker!!
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2019, 05:49:30 am »

gimme your guns because mummy said so lmao
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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2019, 01:37:49 pm »


More stupid white-noise from the Woodville idiot.

I'll just ignore it like the elightened NZ government ignored the stupid white-noise from the gun lobby when they passed that legislation.
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2019, 04:01:41 pm »

the enlightened NZ government

our prime minister is a unicorn with rainbows shining out of her bum


and oh that's right lefties need a government boss to tell them what to do and think
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from The New York Times…

Do Australians Have a Case of ‘Jacinda Envy’?

Two similar countries, two very different attitudes toward women in leadership.

By SISONKE MSIMANG | Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand at a national remembrance service for the victims of the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch. — Photograph: Mark Baker/Associated Press.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand at a national remembrance service for the victims of the March 15 mosque attacks in Christchurch.
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PERTH, AUSTRALIA — It didn't take long after the Christchurch massacre last month for Australian politics to turn ugly.

That very afternoon, Senator Fraser Anning, a member of Parliament, released an official statement in which he claimed “the real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.” His comments were followed, the next day, by a news conference, during which a teenager, with precision timing, cracked an egg on Mr. Anning's head in protest. Mr. Anning responded by punching the boy several times. A group of Mr. Anning's supporters then tackled the teenager and placed him in a chokehold, in an appalling show of machismo entirely unbefitting the moment.

Then there was New Zealand.

“Having been confronted with the worst news a leader can receive,” wrote Annabel Crabb, a well-known Australian journalist, “Ms. Ardern has yet to put a foot wrong.” On the day after the shooting, I met up with friends, where we too spoke in praise of Jacinda Ardern, whose empathy and grace had held together her country while ours fell apart. “Imagine her as our prime minister?” someone said. Everyone smiled at the absurdity.

Are Australians developing a case of “Jacinda envy”?

Certainly, while her response to the Christchurch shooting has been marked by respect, here in Australia, our highest-profile, primarily male politicians have been less than inspiring.

As Ms. Ardern was announcing that she would push through measures to ban semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles, her counterpart in Canberra was picking needless and unwinnable fights: Prime Minister Scott Morrison reportedly threatened to sue a journalist (and New York Times contributing opinion writer), Waleed Aly, for defamation, because on the evening of the massacre, Mr. Aly had referred to reports that the prime minister had spoken in a 2010 meeting about how his party could capitalize on concerns over Muslim immigration. (Mr. Morrison denies these reports.)

Then, as Ms. Ardern was busy demonstrating an ease with her Muslim compatriots and an ability to grapple with the issues of ethnicity, culture and faith, Mr. Morrison — who eventually withdrew his threat to sue — sat for an awkward and defensive interview with Mr. Aly, who is Muslim, during which he seemed uncomfortable countenancing any possibility of racist or Islamophobic behavior either at a personal level or as a collective issue.

But even before the tragedy, the sense of envy was already on display. Since Ms. Ardern became prime minister in 2017, Australian women's magazines have watched her closely, often with a sense of rapt wonder. Australian politics have long been marked by ugly incidents of sexism: The country's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, was an especially high-profile target. A 2013 Liberal National Party fund-raiser became infamous after its menu included a dish called “Julia Gillard Kentucky Fried Quail — Small Breasts, Huge Thighs & A Big Red Box.

“The country was angry at her,” said Clare Wright, a feminist historian at La Trobe University. “It was as though we needed to punish her for being a capable, accomplished woman. New Zealanders, on the other hand, seem really proud of Jacinda, proud to have a woman as a prime minister.” And a woman who has become an international star at that.

Australians are not used to being overshadowed by their smaller neighbor, whose primary claim to fame until now has been “Lord of the Rings”, and which they tend to view as quiet and provincial. But the two countries and cultures have much in common, and so if New Zealand can produce a politician like Ms. Ardern while Australia produces the likes of Fraser Anning and abuse against Julia Gillard, it's worth taking a deeper look at why.

A sense of machismo — and the anxiety that walks alongside it — is fundamentally entwined with Australia's national identity. The heroes of Australian folklore are all men — from the convicts who first settled the country when Britain established it as a penal colony to the miners who worked the gold fields in the late 1800s to the soldiers who fought in World War I and distinguished themselves through their grit and courage at Gallipoli.

Collectively, these legends form the basis of the Aussie “battler”: a stoic, often silent, underdog who neither complains nor quits in the face of adversity. He is armed with wry humor and iron-jawed stoicism, but the battler — the archetypal Australian male — is uniquely ill equipped to serve as a role model for a millennium that demands compassion and humanity.

Fortunately, there's a better way, and one just as true to the country's roots. Some of Australia's best traits offer pathways into the 21st century. There is, among its mythic characters, a much-loved, kinder and gentler national hero: the larrikin.

While the British roots of the term apply to boisterous young men, in Australia, larrikinism has evolved over the years from being the preserve of men to being emblematic of a shared national sensibility that cuts across race and gender. The larrikin is irreverent and jocular, ready to challenge hierarchy and upend class-based pretensions. Long before the invention of political correctness, the larrikin was eschewing convention, resisting mainstream respectability and adding levity to politics. In other words, though larrikinism has changed shape over many years, it is now profoundly suited to this moment in Australian life.

In recent times, as far-right racism and sexism have become more mainstream, Australia’s larrikins have multiplied, and many at their forefront are women. As a newer, browner, blacker, queerer, multicultural generation comes of age, larrikinism has grown sharper teeth. The laconic and vulnerable humor that made Hannah Gadsby's “Nanette a breakout success is emblematic of the best of larrikinism; so is the work of the Indigenous playwright and actor Nakkiah Lui, whose 2018 play Blackie Blackie Brown: The Traditional Owner of Death focused on the exploits of “an Indigenous vigilante superheroine.” There's also the comedy of Zoe Coombs Marr, who performed to sold-out audiences across the country as “Dave”, a caricature of a bad male comedian who doesn't seem to understand why his sexist jokes aren't funny. These and other voices are on the rise, occupying a place in the national consciousness where bracing honesty meets with a commitment to giving everyone a fair go.

Ms. Ardern is indeed admirable, but there is no need for envy. There is no shortage of dynamic and compassionate women in this country. They are in the public domain, making jokes and taking on blokes. They simply aren't in politics — yet.


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Sisonke Msimang is a writer and the author of two books: The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela and Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. She divides her time between Perth, Australia, and Johannesburg, South Africa.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, on Page A17 of the New York print edition with the headline: “Do Australians Have a Case of ‘Jacinda Envy’?”.

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Related to this topic:

 • EDITORIAL: America Deserves a Leader as Good as Jacinda Ardern

 • New Zealand Shows the U.S. What Leadership Looks Like

 • Why Jacinda Ardern Matters


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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2019, 03:20:13 pm »

more fake news
shes ms wonder women hahaha Grin
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2019, 04:51:37 pm »


Jacinda would eat you for breakfast and spit you out like a piece of grissle that got stuck in her teeth.

That's how insignificant you are.
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« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2019, 08:40:01 am »


on my next birthday which is the same as hers

Jacinda can eat my cum for breakfast and spit it out like a piece of pube hair that got stuck in her teeth.
might be better if she could first remove her teeth because they look scary
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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2019, 02:35:57 pm »


Oh dear, scared of a mere woman, eh?

Just like Trump is scared of Nancy Pelosi because she spanked him on live, public television.
 
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« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2019, 09:14:57 am »

all the worlds people have plenty of historical reasons to be very afraid of any communist dictator
but take away all their armed guards and they are weak, they can only dictate to the people when they have the guns

 
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« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2019, 03:33:03 pm »


Too late, dumbarse ... the deed is done.

The NZ Government had the sense to totally ignore the stupid white-noise from the gun lobby and just go right ahead and change the law.

Shove that up your clacker and eat shit.
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« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2019, 11:56:03 pm »

fuck islam

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« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2019, 12:02:02 am »


Excellent news that armed cops are kicking down the doors of stupid men with tiny penises and guns and taking their illegal guns off them.

Good bloody job ... stupid retards shouldn't be allowed anywhere near firearms.

Excellent work by the NZ Police sorting out those types of fuckheads.
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« Reply #24 on: May 19, 2019, 02:03:57 am »

are you still talking about your little dick?

Police are lucky to have guns
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