2019-MAR: Reactions to the
of Almost 100 People
in Two New Zealand Mosques.
Reforms to Gun Laws Coming.
2019-MAR-17: Reactions in the U.S. to the New Zealand mass shootings (Continued):
- Farhana Khera, executive director of the civil rights group Muslim Advocates issued a statement. Referring to:
- past U.S. attacks on Muslims and mosques in Florida, Texas, Washington;
- a Minnesota mosque that was bombed, and
- attacks planned against Muslim communities in Florida, Kansas, and New York,
he said that the New Zealand:
"... heinous attack is not an anomaly or a surprise. A house of worship should be a sacred place where people are safe, not a target of hate and bloodshed. These attacks happened during Friday prayer services. ... As Muslims across the world and across America gather to worship today, we urge them to stay vigilant and strong."
"The white nationalist movement has celebrated Trump’s words and policies. The President needs to immediately and unequivocally condemn and disavow this attacker and the white nationalist movement."
He also called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to:
"... prioritize the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of right-wing, white nationalist violence -- the most significant threat to public safety in our nation today."
Khera also said out that it wasn’t sufficient for President Trump, who has referred to white nationalists as "very fine people," to only send his thoughts and prayers.
John had commented that he is a bit out of touch with the modern world. But from his actions and his comment that "we are all one" I think that he is very much in touch.
2019-MAR-17: More details have emerged about the massacre:
As of the evening of MAR-17 in New Zealand (or early morning of the same day New York time):
After removing victims' bodies from the two crime scenes, police have raised the total death toll to 50 persons. One more person was found to have been killed at the Al Noor Mosque, Thirty-four victims remain in Christchurch Hospital. Twelve of them are in critical condition. A 4-year-old girl was flown to a children's hospital in Auckland, on the North Island of New Zealand where she remains in critical condition.
David Meates, a spokesperson for Christchurch Hospital said:
"Many of these people require multiple surgeries due to the complex nature of their injuries, and the need to provide a number of shorter surgeries in a phased way so patients have the best chance of recovery,
The police have not issued a list of those killed. They will publish a list after all of the bodies are formally identified. However, Air New Zealand issued a statement saying that one of its employees, Lilik Abdul Hamid, had died in the shooting,
Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been charged with murder. He appeared in a Christchurch courtroom on Saturday morning local time. Police are considering whether to also charge him under New Zealand's Terrorism Suppression Act.
New Zealand completely abolished capital punishment in 1989.
Police believe that he was a lone gunman.
The shooter used five guns in the assault including two semiautomatic assault weapons. He had acquired all of them legally.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised changes to the country's gun laws.
Andrew Arulanandam, a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, which promote the rights of gun owners in the U.S., said:
"It doesn’t matter if these senseless tragedies occur in the United States or abroad, our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families. This was the act of a monster. To the extent the N.R.A. is ridiculed for extending our deepest sympathies to those impacted by this horrific event, we make no apologies for our thoughts, words or prayers."
Cam Edwards, a host on NRA-TV, the NRA’s online streaming service, tweeted:
"What’s really changed in our world over the last 20 years isn’t the design of firearms,It’s the revolutionary way we have of communicating with strangers, creating online tribes and subcultures that simply didn’t exist in large numbers a generation ago." 5
This topic continues in Part 3
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Carol Kuruvilla, "American Muslims Grieve, Call For Action After New Zealand Mosque Shootings," Huffington Post, 2019-MAR-15, at: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/
- Betsy Klein and Kevin Liptak, "Trump says he does not think white nationalism is a rising global threat," CNN Politics, 2019-MAR-15, at: https://www.cnn.com/
- Barack Obama's tweet is at: https://twitter.com/
- Nichole Chavez, et al., "Suspect in New Zealand mosque shootings was prepared 'to continue his attack,' PM says," CNN World, 2019-MAR-16, at: https://www.cnn.com/
- "New Zealand Shooting Live Updates: More Than a Dozen Victims in Critical Condition," New York Times, 2019-MAR-16, at: https://www.nytimes.com/
- Gianluca Mezzofiore, "A 95-year-old World War II veteran took 4 buses to attend a march after the New Zealand mosque attacks," CNN, 2019-MAR-27, at: https://www.cnn.com/
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Originally written: 2019-MAR-15
Latest update; 2019-MAR-28
Author: B.A. Robinson