New Zealand Prime Minister Says Gun Laws Will Change In Response To Christchurch Terror Attack

New Zealand Prime Minister Says Gun Laws Will Change In Response To Christchurch Terror Attack

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A cache of 122 Chinese light machine guns recovered from the Islamic State south of Mosul in 2016. MUST CREDIT: Conflict Armament Research When a gunman opened fire on a mosque in New Zealand on Friday, and a second mosque came under attack, the resulting death toll of at least 49 people meant that more were killed on one day than are usually murdered in an entire year in the country, according to national police statistics. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the public Friday evening local time, calling it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.” Only hours later, on Saturday morning, Ardern announced that New Zealand’s gun laws would be changed, as she confirmed that the attacker held a firearms license. The quick response marked a stark contrast to reactions by other leaders in countries where mass shootings have occurred, who often respond far more cautiously to demands to reform gun ownership laws. Three suspects are in custody, and the man who held a firearms license, according to Ardern, released a manifesto online hinting at the years-long relative peacefulness in New Zealand as one motive for the attack, which he suggested would show “that nowhere in the world was safe.” His claim echoed remarks by an apparent role model, Norwegian far-right extremist Anders Breivik, who killed 77 people – many of them teenagers – in 2011. Norway has roughly the same population as New Zealand and an even lower murder rate. In the coming days, debate over New Zealand’s […]

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