After the horrific massacre there, it took New Zealand just one week to stop the sale of military-style assault rifles.

What do we Americans have that the Kiwis don’t? First of all, a badly outdated constitutional amendment, about which gun rights advocates routinely ignore the clause dealing with the necessity of “A well-regulated militia.” They only look at the other clause. Read it for yourselves.

And, secondly, scaremongers of the National Rifle Association, who have successfully created a small army of delusional sycophants. Guns are obviously more important to these people than the masses of Americans being killed by weapons designed for use on foreign battlefields, not American streets.

Will our lawmakers never summon the courage to do what New Zealand has done?

M.J. Ogden, North Ogden