New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern is being praised all over the world for her quick and decisive action on gun laws following the tragic killing of 50 people in two Mosques earlier this month.
It took Ardern just a few short days to ban all semi-automatic, military-style weapons, less than a week after the Christchurch mosque shootings.
“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned,” Ms Ardern said.
On 15 March our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.
Fomer First Lady Hillary Clinton showed her approval of Ardern's quick politics and appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump.
Clinton linked to a news story about New Zealand’s recent ban.
Under @jacindaardern's leadership, New Zealand has banned assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons just six days after the Christchurch mosque attacks.
Public servants didn't stop at offering thoughts and prayers. They chose to act.
Her words appear to be an indirect criticism of US president Trump, who has offered “prayers and condolences” to the victims and families of multiple mass shootings in the country, including the Parkland School shooting in Florida and the shooting at a newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.
The condolence ‘thoughts and prayers’ which is usually peddled by politicians after a mass shooting as of late has become a mocking meme given that America refuses to budge on changing gun legislation.
Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez is one of many people to criticise the government for its inactivity on gun crime despite the growing list of mass shootings.
In a recent tweet, she wrote:
Sandy Hook happened 6 years ago and we can’t even get the Senate to hold a vote on universal background checks w/ #HR8.
Christchurch happened, and within days New Zealand acted to get weapons of war out of the consumer market.
This is what leadership looks like.