Sam Newman doubles down on criticism of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

Sam Newman doubles down on criticism of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been widely praised for her handling of the tragedy that saw 50 lives lost when an Australian white supremacist rampaged through two mosques.

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Australia banned semi-automatic weapons and launched a gun buy-back after the Port Arthur massacre in 1996 in which 35 people were gunned down.

Newman is no stranger to controversy, sparking another backlash previous year for his comments about Australia's Muslim community, saying they "share no common interest" with the rest of the country.

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The ban includes any semi-automatic guns or shotguns that are capable of being used with a detachable magazine that holds more than five rounds.

Ardern said a sales ban was effective immediately to prevent stockpiling and would be followed by a complete ban on the weapons after new laws were rushed through. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon.

In this March 20, 2019, photo, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference following the March 15 mosque shooting, in Christchurch, New Zealand. And recent days have shown there's a greater sense of urgency to enact national gun-control legislation in New Zealand after a mass shooting than in the US.

Newman sparked outrage this week when he tweeted in response to Ardern's explanation of her refusal to mention the "terrorist" who carried out the attack's name.

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