In the latest failure of government-enacted gun control policies, reports show that gun owners in New Zealand are not exactly rushing to comply with the government’s mandatory buyback program. The policy, which was quickly enacted after the Christchurch mosque shooting in March, threatens New Zealanders with up to five years in prison if they don’t turn in their semi-automatic rifles. As of this week, police have only seen 47,000 rifles turned in – a far cry from universal compliance in a nation whose population likely owns up to 170,000 such weapons.
The numbers led the Licensed Firearms Owners Council to label the buyback program as an “unmitigated failure.”
As only leftists will do, Police Minister Stuart Nash said the low levels of compliance suggested a need to go further.
“The problem,” he said, “is we just don’t know exactly how many guns are out in the community, this is why we need a register, to enable police to better track firearms.”
Right. The gun buyback didn’t really work, so let’s go full-fascist and register everyone’s weapons. Then we’ll just go door to door and arrest anyone who is still holding on to their rifles. What could go wrong with that plan?
Now, here’s a question. Yes, they got nearly 50,000 guns “off the streets,” so to speak. They left maybe another 100,000 out there. Riddle us this: If there is another theoretical mass shooting (one that, unlike the last one, actually involves a New Zealand citizen), would the shooter be more likely to have turned in their gun or not? In other words, doesn’t it stand to reason that the people who willingly sold their guns to the government were those who would have never used those guns in an episode of unprovoked violence in the first place? This goes back to the old “outlaw guns, and only outlaws will have them” argument. It’s been overused to the point of cliché, but that’s because it’s just so obviously true.
The New Zealand government put on a very showy piece of security theater with this buyback, but all they did was compromise the rights and security of law-abiding citizens. You know, the way gun control laws always work. And this is the example that American Democrats want to follow? That way leads you down the Eric Swalwell path, where you have politicians threatening to nuke the public for failure to comply. By trying to prevent violence, you’re actually begging for it.