White Nationalism Not A Widespread Threat: Trump On New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 16, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada condemns the attack and that the country will continue to work closely with New Zealand and others "to take action against violent extremism".

Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country where levels of gun violence are low.

It said Conservatives stand with Muslims around the world to "reaffirm our commitment to building a world where every people, of every faith, can live in freedom and peace together".

A 17-minute video taken from a helmet camera showed a shooter in his auto, arming himself, getting out of the vehicle and entering the mosque where he started shooting appeared online, authorities rushing to stop it circulating.

Police have confirmed they are responding to a "critical incident".

The New Zealand Police note how the Arms Act of 1983 doesn't require gun license holders to register their specific firearms with the exception of any military style semi-automatic firearms, pistols or other restricted weapons. Tarrant, who livestreamed the assault, also published a 74-page manifesto in which he referred to himself as an "ordinary white man" inspired to avenge the "thousands of deaths caused by foreign invaders", the Telegraph reported.

Small Arms Survey estimates around 1.2 million firearms are in the hands of private civilians in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Ardern called the shooting a "terrorist attack", and authorities advised all mosques in Christchurch to shut down until further notice.

I have spoken this evening to the mayor of Christchurch and I intend to speak this evening to the Imam.

Political and Islamic leaders across Asia and the Middle East voiced concern over the targeting of Muslims.

One man who said he was at the Al Noor mosque told media the gunman burst into the mosque as worshippers were kneeling for prayers.

But the statement was condemned quickly online for failing to specify that the attack was on Muslims, during prayers at mosques. He said he and others escaped by breaking through a glass door.

Facebook said it had deleted the gunman's accounts "shortly after the livestream commenced" after being alerted by police.

Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque. "Out of respect for them, now is not the time for a conversation that could been (sic) misconstrued to take place on Parliament Hill". Genuis initially rejected calls to follow suit, calling it a talk on human rights, and accused Sgro on social media of retreating only after she remembered this is an election year.

One image shared widely was of a cartoon kiwi, the country's national bird, weeping. "This is your home and you should have been safe here" the caption read.

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