Breaking down New Zealand's gun laws in wake of deadly mosque shooting

Esequiel Farfan
Марта 16, 2019

Still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack on two mosques unfolded, shows him driving in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 15, 2019.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued two statements on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand on Friday - the second after being criticized for not mentioning in the first that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers.

Forty-two people are still being treated in hospital for injuries, including a four year old child, after an attack thought to be the deadliest directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.

The prime minister said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees.

"From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned".

Naeem Rashid tried to overpower Brenton Tarrant and protect fellow worshippers at Al Noor Mosque but was shot as he did so.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that an Australian citizen was arrested in New Zealand's mosque shootings. He called the attacker an "extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist".

A lockdown on all schools in Christchurch has been lifted, but the city remains on high alert.

"He had a big gun.He came and started shooting everyone in the mosque, everywhere", said the man, Ahmad Al-Mahmoud.

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"As Canadians are learning the horrific details of last night's terror attack at two New Zealand mosques, I wish to express both my deep sadness at the tragic loss of innocent life and my profound condemnation of this cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community", it said.

He had livestreamed the shooting on Facebook.

The visiting Bangladesh cricket team narrowly avoided the shooting after arriving at the mosque for prayers. We, New Zealand, we were not a target because we are a safe harbour for those who hate.

Dozens of people laid flowers at cordons near both mosques in Christchurch, which is still rebuilding after a devastating natural disaster in 2011 that killed nearly 200 people. "There is never a justification for that sort of hatred", said Amy Adams, a member of parliament from Christchurch. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

Christchurch is home to almost 400,000 people and is sometimes called the Garden City.

Those "elements" were people affiliated with the Canadian Yellow Vest movement, whose Facebook page included some comments celebrating the New Zealand attacks Friday.

Christchurch, a relatively small city on New Zealand's south island, hit global headlines in 2011 when it was struck by a deadly natural disaster, killing more than 180 people.

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