New Zealand’s Terror Attack Sparks Review Of Gun Laws

Emergency Responders Attending To The Injured

Emergency Responders Attending To The Injured

New Zealand experienced one of it’s darkest days as it records a total of 49 deaths from terror attack. The terror attack was unleashed on two seperate mosque in Christchurch,during Friday prayers.

The attack leaves a total of 49 worshippers dead, which includes children, with others critically injured.

Three persons have been arrested in connection to the terror attack. Authorities have identified an Australian national, Brenton Harrison Tarrant, as the perpetrator of this dastardly act. He is charged with murder and will appear in court on saturday.

Aerial view from google map describing the shooting in new zealand mosque

It seems the attack was premeditated and carefully planned as the shooter had guns of various range. In his possession were two semi-automatic riffles,two shotguns, as well as a level-action firearm that officials believed were purchased legally.

A 74-page manifesto that had been left behind after the shooting railed against muslims, immigrants and other right-wing extremists who have committed acts of violence.

A streamed-live video of the massacre shared on facebook, youtube and twitter, shows a gunman mercilessly shooting worshippers during prayer at New zealand mosque.

Review Of Gun laws- Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, speaking during a Saturday morning news conference, promised changes to the country’s gun laws. She said that the attacker held a gun license obtained last November and that five guns were used in the attack including two semi-automatic weapons.

“Our gun laws will change, now is the time,” Ms. Ardern said, though did not elaborate on what such legislation may look like. “People will be seeking change, and I am committed to that.”

Ms. Ardern said she would be traveling to Christchurch later along with other politicians including members of the opposition. Ms. Ardern also said the attacker had not been known to either Australian or New Zealand officials.

“While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers,” she said.

Ms. Ardern also detailed a phone call with President Trump, who offered his support. She said she asked for “sympathy and love for all Muslim communities.”

Earlier, Ms. Ardern described Friday as “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

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