New Zealand PM Vows to Change Gun Legislation After Christchurch Mosque Massacre


Dozens more were taken to hospital, with about 48 discharged since the shootings.

While known for having more moderate politics, New Zealand has relatively lax gun laws in comparison with its larger neighbour. Now i think she is one of a kind. Some offered rides to the grocery store or volunteered to walk with their Muslim neighbors if they felt unsafe.

In online forums, people discussed Muslim food restrictions as they prepared to drop off meals for those affected.

In response to the attacks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described the massacre as a "terrorist attack" at a news conference, saying: "These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and in fact have no place in the world".

Police urged all mosques across New Zealand to stay closed over the weekend for security reasons.

Among the wounded, two were in a critical condition, including a four-year-old child. "We understand that at times like this, families come first".

A man and a woman were held in custody while police investigated their involvement, if any, in the two shooting attacks. An officer stopped him. One victim died in hospital.

The atrocities took place in Masjid Al Noor mosque, where at least 41 people were killed and another seven were shot dead inside the suburban Linwood Masjid Mosque. He is expected to face further charges, police said.

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch". Eleven people remained in intensive care, hospital authorities said.

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In the video live-streamed by Tarrant, a man inside a mosque appears to say: "Welcome brother", as a gunman approaches.

- AP In this photo released by New Zealand Prime Minister's Office, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to representatives of the Muslim community, Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Canterbury Refugee Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand. The couple was due to fly out Sunday. They have not heard from him since.

The gunman had posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

The Pacific has reacted with sadness and shown solidarity for New Zealand after at least 49 people were killed in shootings at two Christchurch mosques yesterday. More people were killed in an attack on a second mosque a short time later. He also had more assault weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, along with what appeared to be explosives.

Ardern addressed New Zealanders hours after the attacks-which appears to have been driven by the white nationalist, anti-immigrant, and Islamophobic beliefs of the suspected attacker-to unequivocally call the shooting an act of terror and to say that the suspect had legally obtained the guns he used and had been able to modify them, allowing him to own the weapons without registering them. One man has been charged with murder. "We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement to People.

Three people are in custody over the mass shootings.

Jacinda Ardern reiterated to the public on Saturday morning that the country's gun law will be changed. Several New Zealand politicians, including National Party leader Simon Bridges and parliament speaker Trevor Mallard, were on the mailing list.

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