By Calvin Freiburger
“We need your guidance” on free speech and gun control, President Joe Biden told far-left New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Tuesday during a White House meeting.
Breitbart reports that the president told Ardern her “leadership has taken a critical role on this global change, it really has […] I want to work with you on that effort and I want to talk with you about what those conversations are like if you’re willing.”
Last month, Ardern touted the gun restrictions she pushed for in the wake of the 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, and claimed that “genuine solutions to the issue of violent extremism online” require “government, civil society and the tech companies themselves to change the landscape.”
“There’s an expression by an Irish poet that says too long a suffering makes a stone of the heart,” Biden said Tuesday. “Much of it is preventable, and the devastation is amazing.” He added that he would “meet with the Congress on guns.”
“If there is anything we can share that would be of any value, we are here to share it,” Ardern told the president.
The New Zealand gun measures include restrictions on the possession of semiautomatic firearms and high-capacity magazines and a national gun registry that has yet to take effect. But despite the government’s prohibition on AR-15s and similar firearms, last year New Zealand actually saw an increase in criminals carrying guns and ready to “pull the trigger,” according to Police Association president Chris Cahill.
Last week’s shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas in which 19 children and two teachers were killed, elicited emotionally-charged rhetoric from liberals demanding new restrictions on Americans’ ability to own firearms, despite high levels of violence in Democrat-controlled cities indicating the ineffectiveness of such measures. Others suggest the solution is greater diligence in identifying and acting on warning signs displayed by potential shooters, or instituting full-time professional security at schools.
Meanwhile, New Zealand is a model of left-wing governance in many other ways, albeit not ones likely to endear it to most Americans, from elevating abortion “rights” over conscience rights, to assisted suicide, to Ardern’s embrace of the notion of COVID mandates establishing different rights for “two different classes of people.”