Accused New Zealand mosque shooter claimed he used guns to provoke a race war in US

Accused New Zealand mosque shooter claimed he used guns to provoke a race war in US

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Brenton Tarrant, the man accused of murdering 49 people worshiping at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, chose his weapons carefully. He didn’t settle on five firearms because he thought they’d cause maximum damage, however — he allegedly used guns in an attempt to provoke a race war by sowing further division in the United States. "There were five guns used by the primary perpetrator," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reported at a Saturday morning press conference in Wellington. "There were two semi-automatic weapons and two shotguns,” she said. “A lever-action firearm was also found." Tarrant obtained a gun license in November 2017. In a 74-page manifesto posted to social media, Tarrant said he could have chosen any means to carry out his attack, but chose firearms to gain media coverage and deepen existing divisions in the U.S. and therefore across the world. Tarrant, who describes himself as a 28-year-old white Australian, livestreamed his attack on social media, and he appeared to have two car bombs in the back of his vehicle. But he allegedly made a deliberate choice to use guns to murder as many Muslims as he could during Friday prayers, explaining his rationale in two different sections of his manifesto. The manifesto seems deliberately written to shock and outrage and is rife with cultural references to the online sites and communities Tarrant reportedly spent time engaging with, so much so it can be difficult to tell which parts are sincere. In it, Tarrant claimed he […]

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