NEW ZEALAND #CHRISTCHURCH MASS SHOOT­ING LEAVES WORLD IN OUT­RAGE

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On March 15, New Zealand was hit by the dead­li­est mass shoot­ings in its mod­ern his­tory, oc­cur­ring con­sec­u­tively across two dif­fer­ent mosques in the city of Christchurch dur­ing Fri­day Prayer. Per­pe­trated by 28-year-old Aus­tralian-born per­sonal trainer and self-con­fessed white su­prem­a­cist Brenton Tar­rant who was sub­se­quently ar­rested and charged with mur­der, the at­tack took the lives of 50 peo­ple and left 50 oth­ers in­jured. What made it even more out­ra­geous is that the gun­man also livestreamed the first at­tack on Face­book Live, thereby uti­liz­ing so­cial me­dia to spread ter­ror on a larger scale. World lead­ers and celebri­ties from all over the world took to Twit­ter to con­demn the tragic in­ci­dent and ex­press their sol­i­dar­ity, prompt­ing the #Christchurch hash­tag to the top of Twit­ter’s world­wide trends through­out the day. In the wake of the in­ci­dent, New Zealand sought to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion in terms of strength­en­ing its gun con­trol poli­cies, in­tro­duc­ing a gen­eral ban on semi-au­to­matic ri­fles. And while the rel­a­tively peace­ful coun­try sur­pris­ingly boasts one the world’s high­est rates of gun own­er­ship, it con­versely ranks 172 out of 195 coun­tries in terms of deaths from firearms per per­son.

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