The suspected killer in a mass shooting involving two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand reportedly hoped that his attack would “create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms in order to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide,” according to The Sun, a British newspaper.
Police in Christchurch New Zealand responded to the deadly attacks at two mosques in the city on Friday. (Screen Snip, YouTube, DW News)
Identified as Brenton Tarrant, an Australia-born 28-year-old man who has only been in New Zealand a short time, the suspect has been charged with murder, according to various news agencies.
Another report from the Associated Press and the New Zealand Herald indicated that at the second of two mosques attacked by the suspect, a person attending Friday prayers returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. There are an estimated 1.5 million guns in New Zealand, although the country does not have a Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in its constitution.
The Sun report said that Tarrant apparently hoped that “this conflict over the 2nd amendment and the attempted removal of firearms rights will ultimately result in a
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