‘I don’t understand’: Jacinda Ardern mystified by lack of US gun control

New Zealand prime minister says laws changed after massacres in her country and in Australia

Eleanor Ainge Roy in Dunedin
Wed 15 May 2019

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‘I do not understand the United States’: NZ PM Jacinda Ardern on US gun laws – video

New Zealand’s prime minister has said she cannot understand America’s failure to ban automatic and semi-automatic guns, despite dozens of mass shootings.

Jacinda Ardern told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in unusually blunt language: “Australia experienced a massacre and changed its laws. New Zealand has had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I don’t understand the United States.”

Ardern is in Paris where she is lobbying countries and global tech companies to sign the “Christchurch Call”, a voluntary pledge that aims to eradicate terrorist and violent content online in the wake of the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s modern history.

The US is not sending anyone to the meeting of digital ministers from the Group of 7 nations to discuss the plan, and is not intending to sign the pledge.

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