Kim Kardashian West, who made a splash onto the political stage last year when she met with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office to discuss criminal justice reform, called for gun control Saturday following the shooting massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which left 49 people dead and at least four dozen others injured.
What did she say?
"Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns!" Kardashian West wrote on Twitter. "America take note! Why can't our elected officials put public safety over gun manufacturers' profits?!?"
Just 24 hours after the Christchurch shooting New Zealand bans semiautomatic guns! 👏🏼 America take note! Why can’t… https://t.co/QN5fJTcVbe— Kim Kardashian West (@Kim Kardashian West)1552747676.0
Despite her claims, New Zealand has not banned semi-automatic weapons — yet. New Zealand Attorney General David Parker said Saturday the country would swiftly move to ban all semi-automatic rifles, but quickly walked back those comments to align himself with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Ardern has promised quick action on gun control, but reserved details for next week after she meets with her cabinet on Monday.
What was the reaction to Kardashian's comments?
She was quickly reminded that — not only is firearm ownership a constitutionally protected right in America — but her call to action is hypocritical given her reliance on armed security. Others pointed out that more gun control will not deter determined criminals.
Because public safety includes personal safety. Not everyone can afford armed security detail every time they go out in public. Or when at home. Or ever.
— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) March 16, 2019
This sentiment echoes a goal stated in the shooter's manifesto.https://t.co/nKETai4GQN
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) March 16, 2019
New Zealand/Australia have some of the strictest gun laws but people still acquire them. It's like drugs, if they want it, they'll always find it somehow illegal or not. Taking away guns from law abiding citizens only hurts us more.
— ⬡ (@skyrjd) March 16, 2019
This has nothing to do with “profits" and everything to do with our rights and the 2nd Amendment.
— Joey Salads (@JoeySalads) March 16, 2019
It has nothing to do with "gun manufacturers' profits." Owning firearms in the United States is a constitutionally protected right. https://t.co/pqSdLxDWni
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 16, 2019
Cause screw people that can't afford their own gated community and private security, amirite?
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) March 16, 2019
Because America realizes that only people that abide by the law will ban guns, the criminals that do these shootings will still have their guns.
— 🦋Carrie Maureen🌹 (@LovesMagik) March 16, 2019
Ever heard of the second amendment?
— Ethan H (@ELH_97) March 16, 2019
I love how celebrities preach being anti gun when they all have armed body guards and live in gated secured communities. Hypocrisy at its best.
— Peter Uhey (@Pistol_Pete1977) March 16, 2019