Grieving New Zealand Looks for Lessons From Christchurch Attack

Grieving New Zealand Looks for Lessons From Christchurch Attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pledged that the country's gun laws "will change" following the tragedy, and said on Monday she would start discussing the issue within the government.

The death toll from the massacre stands at 50, with another 50 people injured, after a gunman burst into a mosque and opened fire on worshippers with a semi-automatic rifle and high-capacity magazines, and then attacked a second mosque.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian man arrested and charged in relation to the massacre, allegedly had five guns with him, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns.

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in court April 5.

"It's good for the world to see what's happened because people around the world, they thought we were terrorists because some stupid people, they said they are Muslims, they go and kill innocent people", said Abulaban, who migrated to New Zealand from Jordan 17 years ago.

"What did seem apparent to me is he seemed quite clear and lucid, whereas this may seem like very irrational behavior", he told the New Zealand Herald.

"If we are to ensure the safety of Muslims and others. we have to be alive to the fact there are those who do not share our values of openness", she added.

The carnage unleashed in Christchurch by a white supremacist has highlighted what analysts say is the global problem of a far-right threat that frequently flies beneath the intelligence radar.

New Zealand-based Victim Support, which offers emotional and practical aid to victims of grief and trauma, has launched a Givealittle page to raise money for families affected by the shooting.

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Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Sunday, after a gunman in New Zealand broadcast a shooting rampage last week.

New Zealand First has not supported previous gun reform attempts, but its leader, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, said Monday, "Our world changed forever and so will some of our laws", the Guardian reports.

"While it is a small action, the condolence book offers an opportunity for New Zealanders to unite and express our opposition to hate and state our commitment to the values of love and compassion", Ardern said.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this licence holder", Mr Tipple said.

"We don't need these in our country". Tens of thousands of weapons were handed in as laws were enacted to make it much tougher to own firearms.

"From that, the recommendation was for a gun registry and a banning of all military-style semi-automatics, but unfortunately the gun lobby fought hard and politicians lost their will".

Mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch have left at least 50 people dead.

Facebook in response said that it removed a total of 1.5 million videos from the platform within 24 hours.

The burial process, which usually involves washing with three kinds of water, salving wounds and scrubbing skin, would be complicated, volunteers in Christchurch said. Most of the students spent hours locked down in their schools on Friday as police tried to determine if any other shooters were involved in the attacks.

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