Tag: Christchurch, New Zealand, Attack (March 2019)

Host Violent Content? In Australia, You Could Go to Jail

SYDNEY, Australia — The video showing the murder of 51 people in Christchurch carries both an offensive title, “New Zealand Video Game,” and a message to “download and save.” Appearing on 153news.net, an obscure site awash in conspiracy theories, it is exactly the sort of online content that Australia’s new law criminalizing “abhorrent violent material” […]

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New Zealand Vowed to Listen to Muslims After Christchurch. It’s Failing, They Say.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Ten days after a gunman killed dozens of people at two Christchurch mosques, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised answers. Her government, she said, would commission an investigation to delve into the concern haunting every New Zealander, but especially the country’s Muslims: Could the terrorist attack have been prevented? The inquiry, she […]

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New Zealand Officials Admit Letting Christchurch Suspect Send Hateful Letter

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The prison authorities in New Zealand acknowledged on Wednesday that they had mistakenly allowed the man charged in the Christchurch mosque attacks to send at least one letter from jail calling for racial violence. The letter, which echoed a manifesto attributed to the shooting suspect that was posted online before the […]

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After Attack on Norway Mosque, Body Found at Home Tied to Assailant

OSLO — A worshiper thwarted an attack on a mosque Saturday by a young man wearing a helmet and body armor, according to Norwegian authorities and a witness. Hours later, police said they found a dead woman at a home linked to the assailant and they believed it was a relative. Police described the suspect […]

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Shooting in Norway Mosque Halted by Worshipers, Police Say

OSLO — One person has been injured in a shooting inside a mosque in Norway, police said on Saturday, adding that one man had been apprehended. The suspected shooter at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital was described as “a young white man” who appeared to have acted alone, the police added. The […]

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Hajj Begins as Muslims Flock to Mecca

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from across the globe on Friday began the annual pilgrimage to the Great Mosque of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj — with the faithful walking in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad — one of Islam’s most holy rites. This year’s pilgrims included survivors and relatives of victims […]

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Why Mass Murderers May Not Be Very Different From You or Me

After a 21-year-old gunman massacred 22 people in an El Paso Walmart last week, President Trump declared that mass killers are “mentally ill monsters.” It was a convenient — and misleading — explanation that diverted public attention from a darker possibility behind such unimaginable horror: The killer might have been rational, just filled with hate. […]

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Eliminate Safe Harbor Laws for Social Media Platforms

In the hours after the El Paso shooting last weekend, Fredrick Brennan, the founder of the online message board 8chan — the site that had hosted the racist manifestoes of the men responsible for the El Paso, Christchurch and Poway synagogue shootings — called for the site to be shut down. In an interview with […]

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What Drives People to Mass Shootings?

On Monday morning, President Trump made his first televised statement about the mass murders committed over the weekend in El Paso, Tex., and Dayton, Ohio. He called for action to “stop mass killings before they start,” citing what he said were a number contributing factors: the contagious nature of mass murder; the glorification of violence […]

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The El Paso Screed, and the Racist Doctrine Behind It

From Pittsburgh to Christchurch, and now El Paso, white men accused of carrying out deadly mass shootings have cited the same paranoid fear: the extinction of the white race. The threat of the “great replacement,” or the idea that white people will be replaced by people of color, was cited directly in the four-page screed […]

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The Ideology of Hate and How to Fight It

Many of today’s mass murderers write manifestoes. They are not killing only because they’ve been psychologically damaged by trauma. They’re not killing only because they are pathetically lonely and deeply pessimistic about their own lives. They are inspired to kill by a shared ideology, an ideology that they hope to spread through a wave of […]

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I Spent 25 Years Fighting Jihadis. White Supremacists Aren’t So Different.

When a young Muslim man, self-radicalized online, kills in the name of Islamist ideology, we have no trouble calling him a terrorist and connecting him with groups like ISIS. When a young white man, similarly self-radicalized, kills in the name of racist ideology — even when he publishes a manifesto to that effect — we […]

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Mass Shootings Are Terrorism

If one of the perpetrators of this weekend’s two mass shootings had adhered to the ideology of radical Islam, the resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay. The awesome power of the state would work tirelessly to deny future terrorists access to weaponry, money and forums to spread their […]

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8chan Is a Megaphone for Shooters. ‘Shut the Site Down,’ Says Its Creator.

Fredrick Brennan was getting ready for church at his home in the Philippines when the news of a mass shooting in El Paso, Tex., arrived. His response was immediate and instinctive. “Whenever I hear about a mass shooting, I say, ‘All right, we have to research if there’s an 8chan connection,’” he said. Mr. Brennan […]

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Minutes Before El Paso Killing, Hate-Filled Manifesto Appears Online

Nineteen minutes before the first 911 call alerted authorities to a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Tex., a hate-filled, anti-immigrant manifesto appeared online. It spoke of a “Hispanic invasion of Texas.” It detailed a plan to separate America into territories by race. It warned that white people were being replaced by foreigners. […]

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New Zealand Plans New Round of Gun Restrictions, Including Registry

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand on Monday announced plans for sweeping new restrictions on gun ownership, the second such wave of changes since a deadly shooting at two mosques in Christchurch earlier this year. The changes, which include a mandatory gun registry and a ban on gun purchases by […]

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New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 150 gun owners turned in semiautomatic weapons and gun parts to the police in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday, the first day of nationwide gun buyback events after the government banned most such firearms in the wake of a terrorist attack on mosques in the city. Mike Johnson, the […]

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Christchurch Victims Say New Zealand Has Fallen Short of Lofty Promises

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Temel Atacocugu is fed up. Forced to spend most days on the couch in his Christchurch home, he is beginning a long recovery from the nine gunshot wounds he suffered in March when a terrorist fired on Muslim worshipers in this New Zealand city. Again and again, Mr. Atacocugu has asked […]

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Could the Christchurch Attacks Have Been Prevented?

SYDNEY, Australia — He traveled abroad, visiting places where extremists once killed civilians in cold blood. He appears to have posted radical opinions online. He moved overseas, applied for gun licenses and is believed to have purchased several assault rifles. But Brenton H. Tarrant escaped the attention of the authorities both in Australia, where he […]

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New Zealand Man Gets 21 Months for Sharing Video of Christchurch Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A New Zealand man was sentenced to nearly two years in prison on Tuesday for sharing a video of the terrorist attack in March that left 51 people dead at two mosques in Christchurch. The man, Philip Arps, had pleaded guilty in April to charges of distributing objectionable content. In addition […]

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