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Ardern 'doesn't understand' US' stance on gun laws

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has said that she does "not understand" why the US has not passed stronger gun laws in the aftermath of mass shooting events.

The visiting made the remark during a interview on Tuesday here ahead of a summit on slated to begin in the French capital on Wednesday.

announced a ban on military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines only days after the March 15 mass shootings on two mosques in Christchurch, which claimed 51 lives.

She then spearheaded a call for the world's biggest to remove after a livestream of the suspected gunman's attack was shared on Facebook, YouTube and

She told on Tuesday that guns have a "practical purpose" in but "that does not mean you need access to military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles".

"experienced a massacre and changed their laws. had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest, I do not understand the US."

The summit was organised by and French It will see world leaders and tech executives, including representatives from and Google, sign a pledge called the "Christchurch Call", which aims to end the use of for acts of terrorism.

Ardern told that the meeting "is not about regulation, it is about bringing companies to the table", adding that has given "Facebook's support to this call to action".

The focus will "very much be on violent extremism", she said, adding that the pledge will not limit or curtail "the freedom of expression".

removed 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch attacks in the first 24 hours after the massacre. It also blocked 1.2 million of them at upload, meaning they would not have been seen by users.

"When it came to the way this attack was specifically designed to be broadcast and to go viral, (responding) to that needed a global solution, so that was why we immediately got in contact with international counterparts," Ardern added.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 08:22 IST
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