New Zealand PM promises to change gun laws after appalling massacre
Staff Host Account
/ Categories: Islam Times-English

New Zealand PM promises to change gun laws after appalling massacre

At least one gunman killed 49 people and wounded 42 others during Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, a city located on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The tragic event is regarded as the country's deadliest ever attack, which Ardern strongly condemned as terrorism. On Saturday morning, Ardern said during her second press conference held in the wake of the bloody rampage that the gunman, identified as Australian Brenton Tarrant, used five guns to commit the horrific crime, including two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns he legally owned. She added that Willington is resolute to make changes to firearms regulations. “I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change. Now is the time for change,” Ardern stressed. The prime minister also said her "message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities." The gunman, 28, broadcast live footage on Facebook of the attack on one mosque in Christchurch, mirroring the carnage played out in video games, after publishing a "manifesto" in which he denounced immigrants, calling them “invaders.” The video showed the man driving up to the mosque, entering it and gunning down the people inside indiscriminately. “Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event,” Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, adding that two others were also in police custody over the massacre. None of those detained had a criminal history or was on any watchlist in New Zealand or Australia. Meanwhile, Tarrant, as the primary suspect in the massacre, was remanded without plea until his next appearance in the High Court on April 5. The handcuffed Australian citizen stood before a New Zealand district court judge and was charged with murder. The horrific crime drew international condemnation, prompting leaders around the globe to express their sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonization of Muslims. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a message that the mass shooting once again highlighted the need for an all-out international fight against Islamophobia fueled by certain Western governments. “This barbaric crime, which resulted in the martyrdom and injury of a number of innocent and defenseless worshippers, is another proof of the need for an all-out fight against terrorism and hate-mongering toward other religions and ethnic groups, and the Islamophobia which is common in the West, and unfortunately fueled by certain Western governments,” he said.

Link to original article

Previous Article Saudi women activists face ‘bogus’ charges: Rights group
Next Article Russian tycoon sues US’s Mnuchin, Treasury Dept.
Print
12 Rate this article:
No rating

Leave a comment

Add comment

x
«March 2019»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
25
2627
28
12
3
4
5
6
7
89
10
11
12
13
141516
17
18
19
2021222324
25262728293031
1234567