Thursday Open Thread | New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles

Yowza! Just like that #NewZealand banned all military style semi automatic weapons, assault rifles, high capacity magazines. This is how you do it America. Are you shame yet? Better take note! This is what real leadership looks like. God bless, Jacinda Ardern! God bless New Zealand and all of it’s citizens!

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that all military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines will be banned in the country following the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people.

“Every semi-automatic weapon used in the terror attack on Friday will be banned,” Ardern said at a press conference in the New Zealand capital Wellington on Thursday. “This legislation will be drafted and introduced in urgency.”

Ardern said she hoped the law would be in place by April 11. Gun owners who wish to surrender their weapons were encouraged to start doing so now.
The announcement came after New Zealand’s cabinet said on Monday that it agreed “in principle” to reform gun laws.

Ardern said that the “worst act of terrorism on our shores” had exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand’s gun laws and promised that “within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer.”

“An amnesty will be put in place for weapons to be handed in, and the cabinet has directed officials to develop a buyback scheme,” she said, adding that details on the buyback would be announced “in due course.”

“I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride,” she said.

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114 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | New Zealand: Jacinda Ardern bans all military-style semi-automatic guns and assault rifles

  1. Oh look, y’all. Was it because I wasn’t buying what she was selling? Sorry not sad…..FOH

  2. How in the fresh hell do these ADOS trolls think reparations legislation will get passed with a republican senate & that fraud sitting in the Oval Office? The first priority is to VOTE. That’s what they want to stop.

    Get your souls to the polls in 2020. Anything else is fuckery.

  3. Look at this bitchass mofo, y’all. Trying to lecture me about Black turnout in 2020. GTFOOH! Your game has been peeped, mofo! Who the fk do you think you are?

    Black turnout is going to happen but it’ll be for voting that bitttcha*ss out of office. That’s the number one priority.

  4. James Comey better GTFOH! Trump has to GO! WTF does he think is happening to the country now? The criminal thug need to be indicted. 2 years to investigate and it’ll all be for nothing? Is James Comey out of his mind?

  5. #ADOSisMAGA FOH with that lineage bullshyt. Direct descendant of slaves fuckery. None of us are pure Black blood. As much as white men raped black women and changed our entire color. That’s why we’re all kind of shades of black. But white people made up the one drop rule tho.

  6. rikyrah says:



    Bill & Ted 3 confirmed by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter

    Stars of the popular comedy make announcement on Youtube that Bill & Ted Face the Music is going into production this summer

    The long-mooted third Bill and Ted movie is set to go into production this year with a projected release date of summer 2020, it has been announced.

    Actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves – aka William “Bill” S Preston Esq and Theodore “Ted” Logan – broke the news in a short promotional video filmed at the Hollywood Bowl. Thanking “you the fans”, the pair said the title of the new film would be Bill & Ted Face the Music, and would “hopefully” shoot in the summer.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Alec MacGillis (@AlecMacGillis) Tweeted:
    Washington, D.C. “saw the most African American residents — more than 20,000 — displaced from their neighborhoods, mostly by affluent, white newcomers” of any city in the country between 2000 and 2013.

    • eliihass says:


      Sorry fam, but we need to be honest.. and stop playing all these dubiously funky sided games ..

      We know who Chris Evans etc. are shilling for.. And who they’re looking to clear the field for..

      We also know that they’re all part of the same group of hired-hands social media folk who littered Twitter with ‘she should wait her turn, she’s not ready, she needs to run for Senate first’ narratives …once Stacey Abrams indicated she was mulling a presidential run..

      These same bought and paid for social media folks who’ve been slyly pushing for a spot on any and every final presidential ticket for their preferred candidate, and putting out sample combo tickets with any and every seemingly hot favorite du jour …including Biden.. Even posting photographs of Biden and their preferred candidate, and declaring it the ‘ticket to beat’..

      And now, suddenly, same folks have a problem with Biden preemptively tapping Stacey Abrams ..instead of their much fluffed-up pick… as his potential V.P..

      Sorry fam, but folks don’t get to now pretend to supposedly argue on behalf of Stacey Abrams …or pretend that this is about ‘protecting’ her from Biden’s baggage..

      It is not..

      This is about a decidedly cutthroat tantrum-throwing attempt at undermining a potential ticket that dares exclude *their* preferred pick.. Because, until rumors of Stacey Abrams being Biden’s choice for VP surfaced ..and strengthened in recent days, these same folks were eager to force-feed their version of ‘diversity ticket’ – but only specifically in the form of their amalgam candidate as the ‘diversity’ candidate, as part of a Biden ticket …

      We need to be very careful with the shenanigans and the glaringly obvious attempts at deception, strong-arming and undermining and preemptive clearing of the field …or by the time this is all done, whoever the Dem nominee is, won’t have the necessary support needed to get through..

      And for folks banking on ‘uniting’ after …and only if *their* preferred candidate is the nominee … and no matter the amount of malicious shenanigans …it is important that folks remember that for some folks, no amount of guilting, arm-twisting or scary stories about the buffoon will move said folks to the polls …if this isn’t a fairly won nomination..

      • Ametia says:

        Eliihaas! Good to see your fonts. Break it down for us, lady.

        Why should Stacey accept VP with Biden if offered? Why not enter as presidential candidate?

        • eliihass says:

          Hey Sis, …Give me a minute.. I’ll be right back with a response…finishing a conference call..

        • eliihass says:

          Hey my Sis.. Got off my call and was immediately whisked off to dinner.. so sorry.. Don’t think you’ll see this tonight anyway, so I’ll wait until tomorrow, hopefully, to share my very humble opinion..

  8. Look y’all. The ADOS want Joy Reid to book them on the show. Give them some airtime. Here is one after me because I told Joy Reid… “As the old Black folks say in my neck of the woods….don’t give the devil a foothold”.

    ME: Is that all you got? Do better, boo!

  9. rikyrah says:

    CNN Poll: Harris climbs in the Democratic race

    By Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Polling Director

    Tue March 19, 2019

    New 2020 poll shows huge gains for Sen. Kamala Harris

    (CNN)An 8-point jump in support for California Sen. Kamala Harris stands out in a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS that shows a field of four in double digits in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden (28%) and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (20%) continue to hold the top slots in the large Democratic field. Harris now stands at 12% support among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, up from 4% in December, and the latest entrant to the field — former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke — stands at 11%.

    Harris’s rise comes across the board — there is no major demographic group in which she lost support since December — but her gains are more pronounced among Democrats (+10 points) than independents (+5), liberals (+10) more than moderates or conservatives (+7), women (+9) more than men (+6), and racial and ethnic minorities (+10) more than whites (+6). (link)

    • eliihass says:

      As if we needed Cindy Yang and her puny $25,000 dollar scams pay-to-play buffoon-republican schemes to prove that a 2-bit conman …Vlad-engineered and Vlad-installed Russian asset currently controlling America’s Nuclear codes and most sensitive State secrets .. is glaringly, highly compromised…

  10. rikyrah says:


    My co-workers have gotten me hooked on Chili Cheese Fritos with the crystalized lime flavoring packet.
    This shyt’s addictive..LOL

  11. #ADOSisMAGA Pay attention, people. This is classic right wing voter suppression fuckery…..

  12. rikyrah says:

    US figure skater, 22, is accused of slashing her 16-year-old Korean rival before world championships by kicking her with the blade of her skates

    American Mariah Bell, 22, was accused of deliberately injuring Lim Eun-soo, 16
    She allegedly kicked the South Korean skater before the women’s short program
    Eun-soo suffered a gash on her leg and had to be bandaged before skating
    But she still scored a personal best and placed in fifth, one spot ahead of Bell


    PUBLISHED: 02:56 EDT, 21 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:19 EDT, 21 March 2019

  13. Ametia says:

    Word of the Day : March 21, 2019

    Hamartia: noun hah-mahr-TEE-uh

    Definition: a flaw in character that brings about the downfall of the hero of a tragedy : tragic flaw

  14. rikyrah says:

    Ezra Kaplan
    ‏ @EzraNBC

    Students at Plymouth State University found out about Beto O’Rouke coming to campus only yesterday afternoon. Less than 24 hours ago. “I texted everyone I know,” one student told me. Others say they are skipping class to be here. “Totally worth it,” they say.

  15. Example of the ADOS voter suppression fuckery……

  16. I got this in my Twitter inbox….

    #ADOS is not a hustle
    Antonio Moore & Yvette Carnell have a history of advocacy for the Black community
    Their critiques of Kamala Harris was about her lineage and how she had little to no history of advocacy for ADOS yet pulled the Black card forward when rolling out her Presidential campaign
    Certainly there are a lot of bots adopting the ADOS hashtag but Joy Reid & DigitalSista discredited #ADOS as bots without providing the analytics that corroborate their accusation… within a matter of days, frequent AM Joy guest, Malcolm Nance, cosigned without providing any analytics – coincidence???
    Disagree with Yvette, Antonio, ADOS on reparations but why misrepresent this as a Russian supported voter suppression pro-Trump group?

    FOH with lineage bullshit. I’ve been Black more than 3 days. In America Kamala is a Black woman. ADOS is bullshit.

  17. rikyrah says:

    The Miami Herald on it!!

    New reporting bolsters case Epstein prosecutors misled judge
    Julie K. Brown, investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, talks with Rachel Maddow about new reporting that paints a clearer picture of whether underage victims of Jeffrey Epstein were informed about the plea deal he was given, and whether prosecutors were forthcoming about the arrangement with the judge.
    March 20, 2019

  18. rikyrah says:

    THIS is a great observation about Booker from another blog…and, why folks like me don’t trust him:

    I believe he is the Black president that white liberals wanted PBO to be. Minister-in-Chief, not the smooth, hard-nosed, brilliant, free Black man that they got instead.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Russian denies Flynn meeting suggested in court documents
    Rachel Maddow updates the story of the suggestion in court documents in the trial of Trump transition official Bijan Kian that Mike Flynn met with Russian Kirill Dmitriev with a denial from Dmitriev that any such meeting happened.
    March 20, 2019

  20. rikyrah says:

    Hayes reported on the attempt by the Florida GOP to institute a Poll Tax, rather than fully implement the referendum restoring voting rights to former felons.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Maddow reported last night that the Commerce Department has come up with some bullshyt National Security reason to allow Dolt45 to hike prices on imported cars. And, they won’t turn over said report to Congress.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) Tweeted:
    It’s mostly forgotten, but Donald Trump ran on universal health coverage that “the government’s gonna pay for.”

    After getting elected, he pushed a variety of measures via legislation, executive action and in the courts that would reduce coverage.

    From @60Minutes on 9/27/2015 👇

  23. rikyrah says:

    Trump disregard for congressional oversight untenable in America
    Michael Beschloss, NBC News presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about why Donald Trump’s authoritarian disregard for oversight is not only ill suited to how the United States government works, but is precedented by some discouraging history.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) Tweeted:
    Happy bday soldier/former slave Henry Ossian Flipper, b.1856, first black to graduate from US Military Academy
    “With my mind full of the horrors of the treatment of all former cadets of color, and the dread of inevitable ostracism, I approached tremblingly yet confidently”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) Tweeted:
    A Democrat I interviewed yesterday said she used to support Bernie Sanders until she was tongue-lashed by a conservative on a bus who called her a communist and socialist upon hearing about her party registration.

    “We didn’t hear that before Bernie,” she said.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) Tweeted:
    Don’t get snowed by Trump’s supposed support for releasing the Mueller report

    • majiir says:

      Many Democrats are just flat out tired of Bernie Sanders!!! None of the pollsters have ever called me. If they had, they would have realized long ago that I have never supported Sanders for POTUS. They would have also discovered that there are millions of other Democrats who feel the same way about him. When early polls were taken and showed him the #1 pick for Democrats, I was wondering who the f*ck pollsters were calling. Sanders uses our party infrastructure to run for POTUS, but he doesn’t represent the interests of a wide swath of Democratic Party members. If he really wants to run for POTUS while distancing himself from our concerns, he should build his own d@mn party and infrastructure I’m sick of him. Will he admit and acknowledge that Black women are the backbone of the Democratic Party? Nope! Support gun control? Nope! Address the concern of POC for racism, discrimination, bigotry, and the increasing rise of white nationalism/supremacy? Nope! His major concerns seem to be trying to appeal to the WWC and income equality, but he has no plan for addressing income equality! In trying to appeal to WWC voters, he’s alienating Democratic voters, but is he smart enough to realize that WWC voters will likely never vote for him? Nope! The way he behaved in 2016, especially his combative and divisive behavior, turned me off to listening to anything he and any of his sycophants have to say.

  27. rikyrah says:

    They are running a con job.
    That much is obvious 😠

  28. rikyrah says:

    Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) Tweeted:
    This @ChrislHayes clip discussing the anniversary of the disastrous Iraq War, the fall out, the lessons that haven’t been learned and the social and political prices that haven’t been paid is an absolute must-watch.

  29. rikyrah says:

    This is why we need more progressive leaning minds elected as prosecutors.
    Hear that, ” Kamala is a cop'” muthaphuckas 😠?

  30. rikyrah says:

    Elections 👏 have 👏 consequences 👏

  31. Good morning, RIKI YRAH!

    So Roland Martin & Joy Reid are really immigrants? *rolls eyes” These hustling ADOS people. They’re highly ticked their hustle is about to implode. One threatened Malcolm and Joy Reid. Some are white people masquerading as Black people, speaking Steve Bannon language.

    And Yvette Carnell went off ranting about Joy Reid

    • rikyrah says:

      Roland is a country azz from Texas.
      Joy Reid is first generation. Her father is an immigrant from Africa, but she was born here. She is a native born American.

    • rikyrah says:

      Malcolm has military roots that reach back to the Civil War-how is THAT for being a descendant of slaves. 😒😒

  32. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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