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Three Cheers For Parliamentary Democracy


It’s easy if you try have fewer veto points deliberately designed to represent the most reactionary elements of the polity:

One day after 28-year-old white supremacist Brenton Tarrant killed 49 people in a mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that her country’s “gun laws will change.”

Attorney General David Parker took those statements further, announcing at a vigil at Auckland’s Aotea Square on Saturday that New Zealand will ban semi-automatic rifles.

These statements were praised by gun control advocates in the United States, who have seen lawmakers in Washington fail to enact gun reform time and time again after mass shootings.

I’m sure most New Zealanders will be devastated to be deprived of the most precious liberty of all, the right to own firearms with no purpose for civilian use other than to kill huge numbers of people in a short period of time.

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