New Zealand pledges reforms as relaxed gun laws scrutinized

Leroy Wright
March 16, 2019

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said authorities were investigating their ties to shootings that occurred as Muslims convened for Friday prayers, the busiest time for many mosques around the world.

New Zealand police have charged a 28-year-old man with murder, and have taken two others into custody.

At least 49 people were killed in Friday's attack. Those injured range from young children to the elderly.

New Zealand's gun laws are expected to be overhauled in the wake of Friday's mass shooting in Christchurch.

"We are a Forum family and what affects one, affects all".

The man who claimed responsibility for the shooting said he came to New Zealand only to plan and train for the attack.

The Muslim Law Association of Windsor is organizing a vigil for Tuesday at 6 the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law building.

Emergency services struggled to deal with the sheer number of victims.

Jordan's King Abdullah II tweeted that "the heinous massacre against Muslims praying in peace in New Zealand is an appalling terrorist crime". A place where it was safe to practice their culture and religion.

"We are a very diverse society, we have over 200 ethnicities, 160 languages.we have been very welcoming to outsiders", Banks said Friday.

New Zealand has a proud record of tolerance and integration, and under Ardern has boosted its annual refugee quota from 1,000 to 1,500 beginning next year. Indeed, the writer claims to have had "brief contact" with Breivik, who he says gave his "blessing" to the Christchurch attack.

A front page of New Zealand newspaper The Dominion Post reflected the sense of shock and grief: "End of innocence".

Yesterday Stevie Taylor, who moved to New Zealand from Aberdeen in December, said he "feared for the worst" when sirens started sounding close to the building site he was working at, a short distance away from the scene of the first attack.

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Along with the US, New Zealand is one of two nations that doesn't have a national gun register.

"As Christians we Cook Islanders have come to accept the church as a place of refuge, of safety and of comfort". For many, this may not have been the place they were born.

Three people were arrested in connection with the shootings.

He said his government expressed compassion and solidarity over this "despicable act affecting our neighbours".

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CHRISTCHURCH, March 16 ― The main suspect in New Zealand's worst peacetime mass shooting meant to continue the rampage before he was caught by police, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said today.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been impacted today.

There was a heavy police presence at the hospital where families of the more than 40 wounded had gathered. Photo: Copyright 2018 The Associated Press.

The Muslim Community Center, which operates a mosque on the North Side and schools in Morton Grove and Skokie, said in a statement that it planned to hire extra security patrols and advised its members, "Please be vigilant by keeping your eyes and ears open and being aware of your surroundings. If they are not of our people, but live in our lands, they must be removed".

Mass shootings in New Zealand are rare.

But as Cantabrians - as locals of the Canterbury region are referred to - keep repeating to each other and their Muslim friends, ultimately the plan failed, because "they are us and we are them".

Meanwhile, the final day of the Auckland secondary schools dance festival Polyfest was cancelled following the attacks.

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