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Latest Poll shows reaction to New Zealand gun reform

On March 15, New Zealanders experienced the deadliest mass shooting in the country’s history. Two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand were attacked, resulting in 50 people dead and additionally 50 injured.

The shooter was identified as Brenton Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian man. In total, five guns were retrieved from the shooting, two of which were semi-automatic weapons as well as two shotguns and a firearm. Tarrant has a firearm license.

The day after capture, he appeared in court not entering a plea, with his second court date set for April 5.

In response to the mass shooting, the New Zealand government moved fast, agreeing to make substantial gun reform. Their Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern moved to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. New Zealand Parliament is looking to change gun laws in April.

A recent poll conducted by Voice & Nation shows the reaction to New Zealand’s swift measures to gun reform. The poll asks if the New Zealand cabinet is taking the appropriate measures to react after a mass shooting.

PEOPLE IN THEIR OWN WORDS

A majority of polled respondents think New Zealand is taking appropriate measures at 55.6 percent. In addition, 23.7 percent think the measures are inappropriate while 20.7 percent remain unsure.

“They got to do something,” says one respondent. “They have to do something to prevent this from happening again.”

“I don’t agree with it,” adds another respondent. “As much as it sucks, guns are a part of our society now. As long as we make it, people are going to buy it, and do with it what they want.”

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METHODOLOGY 

Sample size: 300 completes

Margin of error: +/-5.66%

Sampling method: Stratified sampling with quotas for gender, age, ethnicity, race, geography, and party affiliation

Age of participants: 18 years old and over

Geography: United States

Data collection: online panel

Date: March 2019

For more information, please visit About Our Polls.

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