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The Australian Senator Fraser Anning has been pelted with a raw egg during a news conference in Melbourne.
Video footage shows the 17 year old in a white T shirt moving up to the left hand side of the Senator and bringing both his phone and egg up, before smashing it on Anning’s head.
The Senator is shown turning and landing two slaps on the youth before the youth is tackled to the ground.
The Queensland Senator has been heavily criticized for his response to the New Zealand shootings saying that it was linked to Muslim immigration.
Both the current Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former head of state Malcolm Turnbull have both voiced their condemnation for Anning’s comments as well as a slew of tweets calling for his resignation.
Islamic extremism deserves attention
When asked about the probability of similar attacks taking place in Italy owing to his migrant statements, the Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said that the focus should instead be on Islamic extremism.
‘The only extremism that deserves attention is the Islamic one’, he said.
Salvini explained that while extremist violence should be condemned, the kinds of violence right-wing extremists which may have inspired the latest attack, should simply be treated as ‘nostalgia’.
‘The fringes of the extreme right and the extreme left represent nostalgia, removed from world and from time, deserving of moral condemnation … If there is an extremism for which I set the goals of the acts I sign at the Ministry of the Interior, it is extremism of an Islamic mould.’
Unknown how many guns are in New Zealand
Speaking to Sky News, the Director of GunPolicy.org Philip Alpers, explains that that, ‘The police don’t have a clue how many guns there really are in New Zealand.’
In the Small Arms Survey for 2018, it is reported that for every 100 people, there are 26 civilian firearms circulating around New Zealand. This places it 17th in the world.
For Alpers, this figure could be considerably higher.
He explains that with the New Zealand population sitting at just under 5 million people, there are 1.5 million firearms circulating.
According to NZ law, a person has to be the minimum age of 16 before they can own a ‘licenced’ weapon, but must be 18 or over to own a military grade semi-automatic. The applicant would need to be cleared through a ‘criminal, mental health, medical, addiction and domestic violence’ check, Alpers explains.
This also requires a 10 year re-registering along with checks on histories of violence within the applicant’s family and character approval from a third party.
The law is more lenient on those owning and buying sporting rifles and shotguns.
Owners are allowed to carry their weapons concealed or visible within public places.
So far gun legislation on ownership was last updated in 1992 with calls last June from Shooters Lottery, a lobby group, accusing the government of not properly controlling the number of guns.
Mike Loder, a key campaigner for the Shooters Lottery told Stuff, that ‘More than 50 people have threatened police with a firearm more than once, it is a cascade of failure, only 8% of those who steal guns go before a judge.’
According to both the NZ Attorney General David Parker and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, the country will now be re-addressing its gun laws.