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After massacre, New Zealand leader shows resolve, empathy

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By STEVE McMORRAN and NICK PERRY

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Come the time, come the woman. Impressive leadership.

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Friday's events where the first major test Ardern has faced since she became prime minister in a contentious general election in 2017.

And what a major test. She has been inspirational so far.

Gun control has to be the first step. NZ should use Australia's gun control legislation, one of the toughest in the world, as the model. Tighter ownership laws can't be 100% guaranteed to prevent further atrocities, but they would certainly go a long way.

Only problem is, gun nuts are already in a rush to buy up guns in NZ before the expected new legislation cones in. Truly astounding.

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BigYen

Gun control has to be the first step. NZ should use Australia's gun control legislation, one of the toughest in the world, as the model. Tighter ownership laws can't be 100% guaranteed to prevent further atrocities, but they would certainly go a long way.

Yes. I'll admit to my ignorance of NZ's gun control legislation (Sh1mon) and, while I knew those kinds of weapons were available, I was horrified by how easy it was for him to acquire all of the equipment.

I have admired Ardern's response to this so far, and wish her luck in any changes she seeks.

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Very much agree with previous posters, Ardern's been dealing with this tragedy with great strength and decisiveness. Clear thinking & swift decisions, she's been awesome; honestly didn't think she had it in her.

Ardern & Morrison (and other oz pollies tbh) are clearly not in the same league.

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Jacinda has been the rock that has held NZ together during this tragedy.  When you see her in a hijab hugging Muslim women you know it comes from her heart.  This is not a photo op - this is someone who feels their grief.  This is someone who deeply cares. 

Trump sent his "sympathy and best wishes" to NZ.  Best wishes?  Like on a birthday?  Jacinda in her call with Trump said to him to show compassion and sympathy to Muslims.  That must have annoyed him.  Particularly from a woman.

Across NZ people have been filling sports stadiums in shows of support for their Muslim brothers and sisters.  NZ people and Jacinda Arden are everything that Donald Trump will never be.

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Her leadership has set the tone for the whole response to this. She's barely mentioned much about the incident itself or the perpetrator. Instead she's focussed on the innocent victims, with a display of respect and genuine care rarely seen from a politician in power. They were just citizens of her country going about their daily business after all. She's stood up to the gunman with a fierce determination and resolve to deny him the attention he obviously he craved in her country. Extremely impressive leadership and what we hope for when we elect them, but rarely get.

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Are you paying attention, US of A?! Learn something!

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Knee-jerk reactions toward law-abiding gun owners coming in 3...2...1...

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What a great leader! She is one of the world's finest and most gracious world leaders around today. In an age when stupid idiots and corrupt brutal despots are in power, PM Ardern is an inspiration and a ray of hope, optimism, and light for us all.

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