US Right Wing 'Needs to Be Held Accountable For' New Zealand Attack

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch

Armed police patrol outside a mosque in central Christchurch

The New Zealand Police Association raised the alarm this month about the number of firearms being imported into the country, with officers admitting they had "no idea" how many guns were in the country.

The incident led to new rules restricting the use of Rambo-style weapons.

Recalling posters that attempted to implicate Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to the September 11 terrorist attacks, Jenkins told hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou that such messaging "lends itself to what we saw last night [in New Zealand]". "Most guns can be legally sold on the Internet or through newspaper ads".

The prime minister vowed for gun reform in the country in the wake of the attack. A lever-action shotgun was "also found", she said.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

It's worth noting that the general homicide rate is considerably higher than the gun homicide rate in New Zealand.

There are also some reports that crimes such as burglary, harassment and fraud in New Zealand are significantly under-reported, and members of the indigenous Māori population are most likely to be victims of crime.

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Goodale said the RCMP is working with local police across the country to ensure public safety.

Asked by a reporter in Washington if he thought white nationalism is a rising threat around the world, Trump said: "I don't really". In 2011, the temblor in Christchurch killed 185 people.

"Everywhere I go, every cop tells me the same story: that they are finding firearms on a very regular basis", police association president Chris Cahill told The New Zealand Herald. "We must all confront Islamophobia and work to create a world in which all people-no matter their faith, where they live, or where they were born-can feel safe and secure".

At mid-afternoon Friday Scheer's new statement issued by email and posted to Facebook added mention of the fact two mosques were the targets and condemned a "cowardly and hateful attack on the Muslim community".

Beyond that, the New Zealand Police noted in a separate release that in 20 years, from December 1998 to December 2018, there were a total of 15 murders committed by someone, who had a firearms license.

"Our investigations are in their early stages and we will be looking closely to build a picture of any of the individuals involved and all of their activities prior to this horrific event", Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

Goodale said he would be later speaking to his New Zealand counterpart, Minister of Justice Andrew Little, to offer Canada's support and solidarity.

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