Andrew Anglemyer, PhD; Annette Beautrais, PhD
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Dr. Beautrais: University of Canterbury, 71 Grey Road, Timaru, New Zealand 7910.
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Alan R. Ertle
Emeritus Enterprises, LLC
August 19, 2019
I read the opinion article by Anglemeyer and Beautrais with interest. They close their piece with the statement, “Indeed, the 2 countries are worlds apart.” Their statement is completely unfulfilling and lacks any understanding of why the United States and New Zealand are worlds apart. Both New Zealand and the 13 American Colonies were largely British colonies. Gun ownership during these colonial periods was relatively uncommon in Great Britain. As one might recall, the American colonies rebelled against the British Crown and fought the American Revolutionary War to win independence. In New Zealand, the British Colonists rose from 1,000 in 1831 to over 500,000 by 1881 completely usurping the indigenous Māori population through confiscations of land, disease, assimilation, and intermarriage. For the most part, the British Colonists in New Zealand didn’t need guns to do this.During the Weimar Republic in Germany, prior to the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party, few German citizens were entitled to own firearms due to strict gun control laws. The laws were strengthened when the Nazi’s assumed power, and they systematically disarmed “unreliable” people, particularly the Jewish population.Mass shootings are horrific. The United States should require that owners of assault style weapons have additional BATF approval, as is required for owning suppressors. The media must stop covering mass shootings as they do, as this only adds to the allure to potential perpetrators.
Anglemyer A, Beautrais A. Political Response to Firearm Violence Resulting in Mass Casualties in New Zealand and the United States: Worlds Apart. Ann Intern Med. 2019;171:364–365. [Epub ahead of print 13 August 2019]. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/M19-1567
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