Amanpour Pushes Gun Control, Climate Alarmism With New Zealand Prime Minister

May 15th, 2019 1:51 PM

In a pre-recorded interview that aired on Tuesday's Amanpour and Company, PBS host Christiane Amanpour slanted left on gun control and global warming alarmism as she spoke with liberal New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The PBS host brought up the issue of guns by reading a tweet from Ardern's fiance in which he praised his future wife for making their baby safer by enacting gun control. Amanpour then praised her guest's record as she added: "You know, even President Obama couldn't do that in the United States after the massacre of children at Sandy Hook, but you did. In a matter of 26 days, legislation was passed."



Amanpour then brought up shootings in the United States as she followed up:

Just to remind, over 110 mass shootings in the United States since 1982, according to an investigative site, 15 school shootings alone this year. It's a really difficult topic to grapple. I mean, I wonder if you ever think that other countries can learn from what you did and actually what neighboring Australia did after their massacre in 1996. A conservative government passed tough gun laws.

Ardern recalled that her country banned some semi-automatic guns, and exclaimed that "I do not understand the United States."

After asking her if she had pressed President Donald Trump to use the words "white natoinalist terrorism" to refer to attacks like the mosque attack in New Zealand, Amanpour then pivoted to the issue of global warming and posed:

I just want to quickly move on to climate because you're a big proponent of duty of care to the climate, as well to the planet. And obvously you're a low-lying nation, and we're talking about rising seas and all the rest of it. I wonder how much impact these phenomenal young people have had, led by Greta Thunberg in Sweden but spreading to New Zealand, to Australia and all over the world, telling our generation to get serious. How much impact do they have because there's a bill tabled also in your parliament calling for carbon neutral, zero carbon by 2050. Is that enough by the way?

After Ardern lamented more not being done to combat climate change, Amanpour followed up:

Do you feel sort of panicky? I mean, we seem to have got to a head, you know, the U.N. report on the million species that have already been extinct. I mean, the terrible fear that we're headed beyond 1.5, and none of the countries have kept up their commitments from the Paris Accord. And of course the United States is pulling out of it. Are you concerned that we may be beyond the point of no return?