While the NRA’s stranglehold on the Republican Party intensifies, other countries have taken steps to do what the GOP cannot.
Norway’s government has moved to ban semi-automatic weapons by the year 2021 after a majority of lawmakers signaled support for a proposed ban. The proposal was pitched by the minority rightwing government, a concept difficult for Americans to grasp given that our rightwing government would prefer to cater to the gun lobby even in the face of massacred children.
“It has become clear that there is a parliamentary majority in favor of the government’s proposal,” Peter Frolich, a conservative member of the Norweigan parliament, said. “Semi-automatic weapons will, therefore, be banned in Norway.”
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In 2011, 69 people were killed in a Norweigan youth camp. Unlike Republicans in the United States, Norway’s representatives opted to ensure that no more of their citizens were murdered at the hands of a military-grade assault weapon meant for the battlefields of war.
Norway’s ban comes amid renewed scrutiny on American gun laws after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School claimed the lives of 17 students and injured more than a dozen others on February 14, 2018. While Republicans, including Trump, reticently signaled support for stronger measures, their words have yet to translate into any actionable solutions.
Of course, if they don’t act, Americans will at the ballot box.