How to Help Victims of the Christchurch Terrorist Attacks


Three days after the attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were anxiously waiting for word on when they can bury their loved ones.

The owner of the gun store that sold firearms to the suspect in Friday's attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, said he would support authorities' attempts to introduce tighter gun laws to prevent future mass shootings. The school children were gathered outside the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, where a white supremacist massacred 50 Muslims.

While acknowledging that "for a short period" the planned amendments might create uncertainty for some gun owners, Ardern said: "I strongly believe that the vast majority of gun owners in New Zealand will agree with the sentiment that change needs to occur".

"There will be changes to our gun laws", Ardern said at a news conference.

Meanwhile, the owner of Gun City David Tipple has confirmed his store had previously sold four weapons to Tarrant but they were not the ones he used in the killings.

One gun owner who owned several AR-15s, but has since given them up, said they only cost $1,200 in New Zealand, but would cost $25,000 or more in Australia on the black market, because they are effectively banned there.

He was remanded in custody and will reappear in court April 5.

New Zealand's prime minister on Monday announced to introduce reforms in gun laws in the country, following the Friday's terrorist attacks on two mosques that left at least 50 people killed in Christchurch. However, none of the items bought were semi-automatic weapons and it remains unclear if the weapons bought were used in last Friday's attack.

Ardern has announced that New Zealand will hold a national commemoration service to mark the attack.

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Tarrant has been charged with a single count of murder, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says he will face more charges.

Besides the debate on gun control, New Zealanders considered a call to open doors to more refugees and whether an enormously successful rugby team in Canterbury should change its name from the Crusaders because of the overtones of religious intolerance.

New Zealand, a country of only five million people, has an estimated 1.5 million firearms.

Police have said the teenager - who can not yet be named - was not involved in the attack on two mosques.

A teenager, whose name can not be published, appeared in court on March 18 charged with distributing that footage.

"We detected nothing extraordinary about this license holder", Tipple said, referring to the shooter.

He stopped short of calling on more companies to pull ads from Facebook or Google, but said businesses need to seriously consider "if they wish to be associated with social media platforms unable or unwilling to take responsibility for content on those sites".

The New Zealand Red Cross is accepting donations as volunteers continue to provide on-the-ground emotional support to family members of victims, responding to their concerns and giving them information they may have missed.

New Zealand's patchwork of gun laws have also allowed the import of semi-automatic rifles, of which there are about 15,000 legally in circulation, according to police estimates.