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Updates on Christchurch Shooting


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Canadian Atheist

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/05/21

There has been an update on the trial of the mosque mass murderer and terrorist, Brenton Tarrant, charged with the murder of 51 people in Christchurch, in New Zealand.

BBC stated that Tarrant was charged in the trial, according to the police, with “engaging in a terrorist act,” and killed a mass of people. Therefore, Tarrant is a mass murderer and a terrorist.

He is already facing charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder following the attack on two mosques in the South Island city on 15 March. The Australian is next due in court in June,” the short article said, “However, according to the BBC’s Hywel Griffith in Sydney, there is a debate in New Zealand over the merits of treating the case under terrorism laws, as it may draw out the length of any trial, and potentially provide a platform for extremist views to be aired.”

Tarrant, as should be noted, engaged in the largest mass shooting in the history of New Zealand. This mass murder of innocents resulted in “MPs vote within weeks to ban military-style semi-automatic weapons in the country to prevent any such thing happening again.”

50 people, 2 mosques, 1 city, and 1 further death in a hospital later and uncounted numbers of traumatized and families ripped apart, including the effects of militant hatred on relations within and between communities.

Tarrant identified as a white supremacist. He shot children, women, and men at the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre. Tarrant is 28-years-old. During the murders of Muslims in the mosque, he “live-streamed the attack from a head-mounted camera.”

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Adern, has been working with both governments and technology companies to work on countering extremism and, thus, terrorism.


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