You can’t give an inch to gun control activists. As soon as you do, they want more and more. Just look at New Zealand.
After the mass shooting in Christchurch, the far-left Prime Minister led a war on guns in his country. It’s enough to make you wonder if the shooter was a political operative — especially considering his manifesto openly claimed that he was doing it to try and get gun rights restricted.
That aside, New Zealand largely supported the massive shifts in gun legislation. The banned huge swaths of gun sales, and they backed that with a large-scale, mandatory gun buyback program. In fact, the first leg of that program concluded in July.
That means the country is now successfully instituting a full-scale gun confiscation, and most of that effort is leveled at semi-automatic weapons. They made it clear that their primary goal is to remove those firearms from all private citizens in the country.
The worst part of all of this is that it will be pretty much impossible to prove what statistical impacts these programs actually have. Gun crime was already exceedingly rare in New Zealand, and mass shootings were truly unheard of. When New Zealand goes another 10 years without a mass shooting, leftists will incorrectly credit the gun control. Really, that’s just the going rate in New Zealand (which isn’t surprising for a country with more sheep than people).
What’s incredibly frustrating and scary is that the New Zealand government isn’t done. Banning sales and confiscating weapons isn’t enough. Now, the Prime Minister is proposing a gun registry. So, any of the firearms that remain after bans and buybacks will have to be licensed and registered to owners.
There’s a lot to cover in just this one proposal. We’ll get to more of it in a minute, but the single most important thing to understand is that this proposal fundamentally changes gun rights in New Zealand. As soon as you need a license and registration to own a firearm, it is no longer a right. It’s a privilege that can be revoked at the whims of the government.
If you aren’t convinced, think about driving. You don’t have the right to drive. You don’t have the right to a driver’s license. If you think it’s worth the time and money, you can pay fees and jump through hoops to be allowed to drive, but the government has total control over revoking your license for any reason they concoct. This is what New Zealand wants for firearms.
Dangers of a Gun Registry
If losing a fundamental right isn’t scary enough, consider the more direct dangers of a gun registry. It is a cornerstone of gun control. As soon as all gun owners are on a government list, the war for gun rights is over.
Think about it this way. In the U.S., liberals were not shy about using the IRS to target openly conservative businesses. They got away with doing this. Do you really think any of these would-be tyrants would hesitate to use a gun registry to identify political opposition? How long do you think it would take before a gun registry was abused by the left?
A lot of pushback against gun control funnels to this point. You can’t have universal background checks without a registry. How else are you supposed to track private sales? The honor system? It’s similar for anything that requires licensing. If you have to issue a license, then you have to maintain a registry.
Most “common sense” gun control ultimately leads to a registry, and that’s what the left is after. As soon as they have a list of all gun owners, they’ll use it to attack. At this point, they’ve done enough to convince us they have no scruples.
It might already be too late for New Zealand. Keep a close eye on how things go. Especially pay attention to how quickly liberals try to credit gun control for a drop in gun deaths and mass shootings. Everything going wrong in New Zealand can go wrong here, and it will take tireless effort to maintain our freedom. Don’t forget that.