Many on Twitter pointed out that it only took one mass shooting to make New Zealand change its stance... unlike some countries.
Kim Kardashian led the praise for New Zealand's vow to change their gun laws less than 24 hours after the attacks that left 49 dead and 20 injured.
In the wake of the mass shooting, which took place at two different mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised the country's "gun laws will change," according to the New York Times. Attorney General David Parker echoed her thoughts and announced that New Zealand needs "to ban some semiautomatics, perhaps all of them."
Kim, who has been vocal about gun control since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016, applauded the country for taking immediate action.
"Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns!" she tweeted Saturday morning. "America take note! Why can't our elected officials put public safety over gun manufacturers' profits?!?!"
Kim's sister Khloe added, "Yes sister! Yes!!!!!! Let's end this senseless violence." She added: "Now this is how you lead and protect."
Many on Twitter pointed out that New Zealand has vowed to make this change after only a single mass shooting, while the U.S. has had hundreds of mass shootings and yet has made little change to its ancient gun laws (largely due to the Second Amendment.)
For example, less than two weeks after Australia suffered a mass shooting in 1996 the National Agreement on Firearms "all but prohibited automatic and semiautomatic assault rifles, mandated licensing and registration, and instituted a temporary gun buyback program that took some 650,000 assault weapons," according to PBS.
Gun-related tragedies in other countries like the United Kingdom and Norway also prompted stricter gun laws.
America meanwhile is also one of six countries responsible for more than half of gun deaths worldwide, Vox reported last year.
However, most Republicans in the U.S. strongly support the Second Amendment -- the right to bear arms -- often offering "thoughts and prayers" in the wake of shootings, rather than any legislative action.
Journalist Ed Krassenstein wrote, "New Zealand bans semi-automatic assault rifles. Take note American politicians. New Zealand's government officials actually care about their citizens.
See more reactions below.
Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns! 👏🏼— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 16, 2019
America take note! Why can’t our
elected officials put public safety over gun manufacturers’ profits?!?! https://t.co/nsufYNygoO
Yes sister! Yes!!!!!! Let’s end this senseless violence— Khloé (@khloekardashian) March 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear that! That is devastating and I pray that you heal emotionally from the trauma.— Khloé (@khloekardashian) March 16, 2019
The logical response- it was immediate. https://t.co/lVI0RSG1a1— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 16, 2019
BREAKING!— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 16, 2019
New Zealand bans semi-automatic assault rifles.
Take note American politicians. New Zealand's government officials actually care about their citizens.https://t.co/F1f6kOsUcB
Wait you can just do that https://t.co/FHQ43Fx5hU— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) March 16, 2019
New Zealand is changing their gun law 24 HOURS after the massacre.— Preston Mitchum (@PrestonMitchum) March 16, 2019
Meanwhile, the U.S. has had repeated mass shootings & we’re still the best?
They totally misspelled “thoughts & prayers”. https://t.co/M49iYeffcQ— Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) March 16, 2019
first mass shooting since ‘97 in new zealand: immediately takes action and bans semi-automatic weapons.— kaz. (@galensdeathstar) March 16, 2019
340 mass shootings in ‘18 in america: okay but thoughts and prayers!
New Zealand after one mass shooting/terrorist attack: "Our gun laws must, and will change."— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) March 15, 2019
America after countless mass shootings: "Thoughts and prayers."
Since 1949 there has been a total of 25 mass shootings of 10 deaths of more in the United States. 23 of these shootings the firearm used was a semi-auto weapon — 455 lives lost with no change in the form of significant policies or bans only thoughts and prayers.#NewZealand https://t.co/lFRZuvrmOO— Brianna Westbrook (@BWestbrookAZ8) March 16, 2019
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