New Zealand Faces Gun Law Reforms After Massacre

Following the Christchurch mosque shootings that happened on March 15th, 2019 in New Zealand, the country plans on changing their gun control laws in order to ensure that such a tragedy will never repeat itself.

With gun laws being established in 1983, New Zealand was known to have more relaxed policies compared to most countries, even more so than the neighboring Australia. Even with these relaxed laws, gun casualties in New Zealand have remained relatively low, with the last gun-inflicted massacre being thirty years ago. New Zealand only had .17 gun-related homicides per 100,000 people in 2015, while the United States had 11 per 100,000 people in 2015. Gun owners in New Zealand must pass a background check and be over 16 years of age.

While there have not been a significant number of gun-related homicides throughout history, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern states that after the Christchurch massacre, there needs to be a change in the way that the country handles their gun laws.

“While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now. Our gun laws will change.” Ardern said.

Information provided by https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/asia/new-zealand-gun-control-intl/index.html

Saudi Woman Thrown in Jail for Campaigning for Women’s Rights

In the midst of Women’s Month, Saudi Arabian officials have put a young women’s rights activist in jail on International Women’s Day.

In an article for The Guardian, author Walid al-Hathloul wrote about her sister Loujain, who was put into prison simply for speaking out on women’s rights. Since she was thrown into prison ten months ago, Loujain is reported to have suffered torture and several types of harassment.

Saudi Arabia has proclaimed to be a relatively tolerant nation, however they are known to give women unfair and dangerous treatment within the country. Women report the government allowing innocent women to be subjected to domestic violence. Women are also unable to drive without the accompaniment of a male and are required to walk in public with a male guardian at all times.

Loujain is a known activist in Saudi Arabia that fought for the rights of women in her country, and instead of being able to march on Women’s day, she was forced to spend it while being imprisoned. Human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have demanded a response from the Saudi government, however no statement has been made on Loujain’s condition.

Information provided by https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/mar/07/saudi-arabia-womens-rights-jail

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 13 Afghanistan Civilians

American airstrikes were reported to have killed at least 13 civilians, among them being children, in early March. The airstrikes were said to hit two houses in Naser Khil in Afghanistan. The strikes killed the village’s only doctor and his entire family, which included five teenage girls. The other house belonged to the doctor’s brother and his family, all of whom perished in the airstrikes.

Former President Barack Obama issued an order during his presidency that with each counterterrorist strike that the United States makes on a country, the U.S. should have to disclose the number of citizens that were killed or harmed in the attack. However, Donald Trump has changed the law so that this is no longer the case, and that the number is able to be disclosed information. Officials at the Pentagon have stated that they believe that this specific topic is not a vital part of government transparency.

Information provided by https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/06/politics/trump-executive-order-revocation-terror-strike-civilian-deaths/index.htmland https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/10/world/asia/airstrikes-nangarhar-afghanistan.html

Youtube Mom Charged for Abusing Five Young Children

In Arizona, a popular youtuber and mother was found to be abusing her five children, proving that we hardly ever know the real story behind what happens on camera. She was reported to have abused the children by spraying them with pepper spray, hitting them with clothes hangers, forcing them to take baths in ice, and prolonging malnourishment.

Machelle Hobson has currently been charged with 30 counts of child abuse. She was reported to the police by her adult biological daughter on the suspicion that she kidnapped five of the seven of her children. Her two other adult sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were charged for failing to report the abuse of a minor.

Hobson’s channel on Youtube was reported to have had 800,000 subscribers and was geared toward family content, however it was also said that she began abusing her children for Youtube views. The channel “Fantastic Adventures” has since been removed from the website. Hobson is being held in prison on a $200,000 bond, and she has not yet been given a sentence.

Information provided by https://www.azfamily.com/news/youtube-mom-accused-of-abusing-adopted-kids-indicted-on-counts/article_b50a1200-500c-11e9-bf28-b360d7500c4c.html