America should take inspiration from New Zealand, which enacted new gun laws swiftly after a mass shooting left 50 people dead at a Mosque, argue Igor Volsky and Joseph V. Sakran of CNN. The country’s lawmakers understand that such legislation is needed in order to reduce deaths by guns. A wide array of studies and countries have shown that stronger gun laws directly reduce fatalities. Australia, the UK and Germany saved lives this way. The NRA is far too influential in America, thwarting any new firearm laws while the country is ravaged by gun violence and mass shootings.
More stringent gun laws do not make a country safer, asserts David Harsanyi of The Federalist. Many have used the recent mass shooting in New Zealand to push for legislation that limits Americans’ gun rights. One target, the AR-15, is often wrongly portrayed as a danger to society. In fact, when it was banned under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban in 1994, gun violence remained stable. When the ban was lifted in 2004, gun violence dropped. While every single school shooting is a tragedy, they have become rarer than they were 20 years ago. Guns themselves are not the problem here.