New Zealand Terror Attack: Second Amendment Under Microscope As Social Media, World Reacts

New Zealand Terror Attack: Second Amendment Under Microscope As Social Media, World Reacts

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The so-called manifesto allegedly penned by the terrorist behind the mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, explained the hope that the killing spree would add fuel to the fire of America’s ongoing debate over gun control. At least 49 people were killed in the attacks on two mosques , which took place on Friday morning. The Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Mosque in Christchurch—the country’s third biggest city—were the targets. One man in his late 20s has been charged with murder, while at least two others have been arrested. It is not clear who was responsible for which attacks. The man charged, who has Australian citizenship, was described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an “extremist, right-wing” terrorist. The attack on the Al Noor Mosque was live-streamed on Facebook, showing the gunman’s weaponry—decorated with white supremacist messages and memes—in detail. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and police officials have asked internet users not to share the video. The attacker used multiple guns in the assault, and gun control advocates are already clashing with second amendment supporters over the correct response to the terrorist attack. Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued an early rebuke to the National Rifle Association. “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she asked, lamenting that places of worship had been attacked. In a later tweet, she clarified her statement was meant for the National Rifle Association, for whom she said “thoughts and prayers” is a […]

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