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    • The death toll is now up to 49, with another 20-30 being dealt with with 12 hospital operating surgeries. 4 people have been arrested with 1 of those charged with murder, 2 others are being held by authorities, while the 4th who happened to be wearing an item of camoflage clothing in the area has since been released.

      2 mosques were targeted by the shooters, who also left explosive devices attached to their vehicles.

      The 1 person so far charged is a white male born in Australia, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has declared this an act of terrorism.

    • Oh God, Eddie. I'm so sorry. I can't even begin to imagine. Let us know what we can do. Donate to the families of victims?

      It turns out that just before this shooting I happened to watch Deeyah Kahn's documentary on Netflix about understanding the violent white supremacy of the alt-right. She's a Muslim woman who grew up in Norway struggling with anti-immigrant anger there. She's won Emmys and a Peabody for her films.

      She simply went to the alt-right with her camera and showed them she genuinely wanted to understand their cause, and listened with respect. The courage it took for her to do that...

      It did more to help me feel like I could understand the motivations of the shooters, why this keeps happening, and what can be done more than anything else I've read or heard. Maybe after a tragedy like this it's too painful, I don't know, but I'll be forever grateful for the understanding I believe it's giving me — a person whose mind has always gone blank over crimes like this.

    • The best anyone can do is speak up if they hear hate speech, denounce it, make it known that it is not acceptable in any society.

      In our relatively tiny population of only 4.5 million this event is huge and will change our societal landscape in ways we don't even know yet.

    • The very counterintuitive conclusion from Deeyah Kahn's films that broke my brain is that denouncing them often contributes to their radicalization and anger.

      The thing is they are people who have not gotten validation from their lives — respect, friendship, a sense of purpose, of belonging, importance, appreciation. The alt-right recruits people from hard circumstances like broken homes, areas of urban decay, a struggle with life.

      When they are recruited, they are told Jews, Muslims and immigrants did this to them and seek the extermination of the white race. The best recruits have never met Jews, Muslims or immigrants. The recruiters give them a sense of belonging and purpose. These guys have felt unaccepted all their lives and now they feel the liberals disrespect them.

      You could see in the film how meeting Deeyah, a Muslim woman who listened with respect and was nice, broke their brains. A few of them left the movement, saying they had never met a Muslim and didn't realize they could be friends. Those who left said the best thing that ever happened to them was meeting the people they thought they should hate and make friends with them.

    • Screw your thoughts and prayers, this is how a real government acts to protect it's people. #ArdernUp

      Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a ban on military style, semi-automatic (MSSA) guns and assault rifles in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

      All semi-automatic weapons used during the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned, she said.

      Related parts used to convert the guns into MSSAs would also be banned, along with all high-capacity magazines.

      Cabinet had still to consider issues surrounding a gun register, she said.

      She also announced immediate action to prevent stockpiling, and a buyback scheme that could cost anywhere between $100m and $200m.

      The buyback scheme was being established as an incentive for owners, who legally bought their guns, to return weapons and was being developed alongside the drafting of the new law.

      There would be time for the handover of the banned guns to police and it would not be criminalised overnight, she said.

      After a "reasonable time" those who continued to possess the guns would be breaking the law. The current fines were up to $4000 and/or three years in prison, but the new law would increase the penalties.