As I noted elsewhere, the salient points: 1) even though he was already adjudicated mentally deficient and the govt took his guns away, he was still armed, so I dunno how you make it illegaler for him to be armed, and 2) he was stopped by–you guessed it–people with guns.
The only reason NZ media would run this is because they’re desperate to show a correlation between death and firearms ownership. We have graduated licensing in NZ, but we don’t have any bans on semi-autos and that’s what they want. They want a actually “NO, YOU CANNOT HAVE THIS THING” law.
They reported on another one in Aurora, CO a couple days ago. Different crime, no connection, different behavior all together, but they just couldn’t resist pointing the finger at guns and fear-mongering. Sad sacks of shit run the media here. Same as everywhere, I guess.