When the firearms prohibition was announced, Prime Minister Ardern indicated that there would be very little time for submissions, and even laughed at the suggestion of submissions to the select committee. But now we see a stark contrast between that and her statement on proposed euthanasia laws where she says that new laws take time to put into place. Let’s dig a little deeper into why she doesn’t consider herself a hypocrite.
Looking at any proposed euthanasia bill, there is still a great deal of controversy – many have the view that assisted death is abhorrent in any capacity, while others say that terminal patients should be allowed to suffer less. Without taking any sides, it is plain to see that there are very contrasting opinions. But the key part is that within that there are contrasting opinions in the twittersphere, the twittersphere being the voices of the more left leaning individuals that get most involved in political discussions online, most notably on twitter, and it is well established that the tech giants of Silicon Valley favour that side of the political spectrum. To her credit, she connects with people online far more than many heads of state, even if it is only really interaction with a particular slice of society. So, from that perspective, where one gets a great deal of political feedback from this online arena, she can clearly see that the “public” is divided. Clearly it is, and to such an extent that even online politicos that hang out on twitter display a lack of unity when it comes to euthanasia.
Now, apply that same viewpoint that the Prime Minister has, but to firearms. Because of this tendency to only interact with the political left, Ms Ardern mistakenly believes that there is unity among the entire population to eradicate firearms. She is peering through a small and deliberately-tinted window – one that she feels confirms her narrow point of view. This is confirmation bias, and we see the same thing happen among anti-vax and flat earth proponents seeking out only that feedback which reassures them they are on the right path. So, in the mind of the Prime Minister the debate has already been had and the people have decided that firearms have no place in NZ. In this way she feels entirely comfortable enacting legislation in a matter of days that firearms owners criticize as a confiscation with no positive outcomes and at great cost, because clearly those people are outliers and a minority.
Ignored are the hardworking taxpayers who have no time nor care for twitter or making a fuss about the latest rights debate online. While the Prime Minister sits in a comfy office in the beehive hundreds of thousands of kiwis are out there doing it tough in order for her to have taxes to squander.
There is no getting around the issue; the firearms law was rushed, deliberately excluded Kiwis from contributing meaningfully, skirted around the usual process of lawmaking in NZ, and completely failed to make informed policy based on facts and expert opinions. Instead we got virtue signalling and MP’s giving themselves plenty of pats on the back doing such a “great job” so quickly.
In short, Jacinda Ardern thinks that the debate over firearms has long since been won by anti-gun campaigners and it was merely an opportunity to put it into law, definitely not letting a good tragedy go to waste. The same style of action against any ethnic minority would be met with disdain and violent protest, but because the most affected demographic is non-urban white males it is instead met with cheer and applause.