Shooting in New Zealand and Aftermath

The Prime Minister for New Zealand, her office received the shooters manifesto minutes before the shooting began.

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The Prime Minister for New Zealand, her office received the shooters manifesto minutes before the shooting began.

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 On Friday, March 15, Brenton Tarrant allegedly killed 50 people in two synagogues in ChristChurch, New Zealand. Tarrant is from Australia, and prior to the attack he had written a manifesto that was sent to high up government officials that was filled with anti- Muslim and anti-immigration language. The manifesto went on for close to 80 pages and was set up in a question and answer format. Tarrant has so far been charged with a single count of murder, but authorities say more charges are coming.

  The coalition government in New Zealand has announced its plans to change gun laws, “As a cabinet, we were absolutely unified and very clear. The terrorist attack in ChristChurch on Friday was the worst act of terrorism on our shores,” said Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister, said  “It has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand gun laws. The clear lesson from history around the world is that to make our community safe, the time to act is now,” as quoted in the New York Times.

  In her first speech to Parliament, Ardern urged the public to remember the victims of the shooting, “He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless, and to others I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. He may have sought notoriety but we in New Zealand will give him nothing — not even his name,” said Ardern.

  After the shooting the government worked on plans to ban assault weapons. About 72 hours after the attack laws were brought to Parliament to ban all semi-automatic weapons used in the attack. Arden addressed this in a press conference, “On 15 March our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a safer place.”  

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