New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will provide the details of plans on new gun legislation. These changes come after 50 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on Friday.
“This ultimately means that within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer,” said in a press conference last week when she explained that she was meeting with cabinet members to change gun laws.
Last week, worshippers of Masjid Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Masjid were attending their Friday weekly gathering called Jumu’ah, which means “day of assembly” in Arabic. While there, they were trapped inside then gunned down.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, an Australian national living in New Zealand has been apprehended. It is unclear if more people were part of the attack, but it is believed that there were multiple shooters.
Tarrant who identifies as a white nationalist, purchased high power rifles at a local gun shop just days before the attack. Authorities suspect that they were used in the assault in which Tarrant streamed live on Facebook for 17 minutes. The footage has been removed by Facebook, but not before it received over one million views.
Victims names have not been released publicly, but authorities have confirmed that children are amongst those murdered. While families grieve, they work to bury their dead quickly, following Islamic law.
Throughout New Zealand, vigils have been held for those who passed.
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