New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) with members of the Muslim community in Christchurch. Photo: EPA-EFE
Paul Spoonley
Opinion

Opinion

Paul Spoonley

New Zealand mass shooting: is any country safe from terrorism?

  • Has social media, populist politics and xenophobia created a community of extremists like Christchurch massacre gunman? Paul Spoonley believes so

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (C) with members of the Muslim community in Christchurch. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Brenton Tarrant, charged with murder, makes a hand gesture associated with white supremacy during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court in New Zealand. Photo: Reuters

New Zealand mosque massacre suspect Brenton Tarrant flashes ‘white power’ sign in court, as PM Jacinda Ardern vows ‘gun laws will change’

  • Brenton Tarrant legally bought two semi-automatic rifles, two shotguns and a lever-action rifle that were used in the attack that killed 49 Muslim worshippers
  • PM Jacinda Ardern said the weapons were bought in 2017, suggested gun law changes could include a ban on semi-automatic weapons
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Brenton Tarrant, charged with murder, makes a hand gesture associated with white supremacy during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court in New Zealand. Photo: Reuters
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