The Aftermath of the New Zealand Mass Shootings: How is the World Reacting?


ABC News: "After 50 killed in mass shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques, prime minister vows 'our gun laws will change.'

Perla Martinez Bravo, Senior Reporter

March 15, 2019 was seen as a casual and smooth day by several New Zealand civilians, especially worth a day of worship by Islamic believers. However; blood and gunpowder were released at central Christchurch’s Al Noor Mosque and shortly after at Linwood Mosque in New Zealand.

New Zealand police have confirmed 42 fatalities at Al Noor and another 7 injured at Linwood, alongside an additional victim declared dead. It is currently unknown what time the gunman arrived to Al Noor but officials estimated at 1:41 p.m. that Thursday. The video live stream recorded by the killer himself duplicates a man trying to enter the Mosque, later to be shot and killed.

According to Damien Cave’s New York Times article, “Quick Action, Near Miss and Courage in New Zealand Attacks”, a horrific description of the aftermath is described by Paul Bennet, a paramedic who entered the building.

“There was a river of blood coming out of the mosque. It was literally flowing off terracotta tiles.”

The second attack at Linwood occurred shortly after Al Noor. Members at Linwood Mosque were not aware of the unprecedented destruction, however: there were not many victims affected  comparison to Al Noor.

The suspected gunman, Brenton Tarrant age 28, has been determined by Australian and New Zealand police guilty for murder and gun possession Saturday March 16, 2019, in a district court. The causes are unknown but investigators are continuing with the research and evidence provided.
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, describes Tarrant as an “extremist, right wing, violent terrorist”, receiving admiration for past white supremacist and violent nationalist actions in Max Walden’s “New Zealand Mosque Attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?”

New Zealand mosque attacks: Who is Brenton Tarrant?

New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has spoken out in regards to the incident describing this as a “terrorist attack.” Finally, Ardern proposed that New Zealand’s gun laws will change.

“While the nation grapples with a form of grief and anger that we have not experienced before, we are seeking answers. While work is being done as to the chain of events that led to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now: our gun laws will change.”
(ABC News: “After 50 killed in mass shootings at 2 New Zealand mosques, prime minister vows, ‘our gun laws will change.”

As a final statement, one targeted mass shooting can lead to serious tragedy, opening the eyes to the powerful in government. Does there have to be more blood spilled in order to outlaw arms? Will our government support? If so, may there be hope.