New Zealand Terror Attack

Whilst Brexit continues to dominate all we do in Westminster, last week’s horrific attack in New Zealand serves to remind us of the other issues facing the world.

Fifty people were killed and many more were injured when a man opened fire in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last Friday afternoon.

A 28-year-old Australian man, who is a self-proclaimed white supremacist, has been charged with murder in what is New Zealand’s largest mass shooting.

The man live-streamed the attack on Facebook and it was shared widely on the internet last week.  The attacker targeted Muslims and was indiscriminate with whom he killed during this horrific attack. 

In response to the attack, New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, has said she will never speak the attacker’s name because one of the many things he sought when he carried out his act of terror was notoriety.  She has asked people to speak the names of those innocent people who lost their lives, ‘rather than the name of the man who took them.’

 

In the hours after the attack, Ms Ardern said changes to the gun laws in New Zealand would be introduced.

Here in Britain, changes to gun laws were made following the Dunblane massacre in Scotland in 1996 in which 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a primary school. 

Ms Arden has said New Zealand’s values will not be shaken by this attack. We all stand with New Zealand and reject the extremism which led to this shocking terrorist attack.