Friday was the cutoff for the New Zealand gun buyback program, where 33,000 people handed in 51,000 guns and “another 5,000 guns as part of a parallel amnesty in which owners could hand over any type of firearm without any questions being asked but without getting compensated,” according to NBC News.
The government gun grab comes after a mass shooting where 51 worshippers were gunned down in a Muslim mosque. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the country’s congress reactionarily rammed through a radical gun grab that banned all semi-automatic firearms.
The ban mirrors similar gun grabs, such as in the socialist country of Venezuela, where in 2013, all citizens had to hand in their guns, while over 12,000 were confiscated. The country, which at the time was being run by socialist dictator Hugo Chávez, now is being “governed” by an illegitimate head of state, Nicolás Maduro.
“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” said Javier Vanegas, a Venezuelan teacher of English exiled to El Salvador. Other citizens have called it a “declaration of war against an unarmed population.”
The gun grab in New Zealand will quickly prove weather the country’s citizens can sustain without adequate protection to defend themselves.