New Zealand is in A State of Shock
March 16, 2019 12:51am CST
New Zealand is a nation stunned into disbelief today. Yesterday our small, peaceful nation was violated by a terrorist who thought hate had a place in our country. Early afternoon yesterday a white radicalist gunman entered a Christchurch mosque filled with nearly 500 Muslim people at prayer and another smaller one nearby. His random shooting killed 49 people and about 40 injured are still in hospital. Nothing like this has ever happened in New Zealand before. We have always been a safe haven for people of all cultures, religions, nations. The pain is being felt throughout the country. There is some relief in the knowledge the gunman was not a New Zealander. As our Prime Minister declared, there is no place for hate in New Zealand. Our country will never be the same again. Our whole country is in disbelief. We are a friendly, peaceful nation, accepting of all immigrants who seek safety in our country. All our hearts are crying.
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Sorry, but it seems that no country is safe when it comes to terror attacks. We have now in France the police at the entrance of the main churches and mosques. It is a crazy world, it looks like we are back at the time of wars of religions because of a handful of extremist haters.
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I am in great disbelief too, Ms. Val. New Zealand has been known to be a home of peace-loving people and it has been tarnished by this barbaric act. The consolation though, as you said, is that the perpetrator is not a New Zealander. I'm afraid this might trigger stricter rules for entry to your country. I do hope and pray that this will never ever happen again.
• Moses Lake, Washington
I am deeply grieved over this terrible situation. I send you my condolences. I am ashamed at the part that my country has played in this atrocity. My husband and I said a prayer for your country before we ate supper tonight.
• Moses Lake, Washington
@KlyliePot This is the first time I have said this about a president: you are right. I don't consider this president to be American. He is not upholding what I have grown up thinking of as American values and ideals.
I know Val, we were talking last week with my husband and we were saying that your country seemed the only peaceful country in the world. We were shocked about what happened. Crazy mad people are everywhere in our days. I know you are still a friendly and peaceful nation, sooner or later something bad will happen also here in Switzerland, I know.
• New Zealand
I believe we had been rated the second most safe country in the world after Switzerland, Anna. Once terrorism reached Australia we thought that was getting a bit close. Hopefully there are no copy cat responses in other parts of the country.
I was shocked, like everyone else, to read this dastardly crime against humanity. Love and hatred spring everywhere and most know what is the right choice. Sadly this person had a weapon of mass destruction and I wonder whether NZ allows this or he just smuggled it in. All our progress prove meaningless when hatred rears its ugly head from time to time - siva
This sick shooter acted on his own to execute a terrorist attack on innocent people, peace-loving people of New Zealand.
The gunman behind at least one of the mosque shootings in New Zealand that left 49 people dead on Friday tried to make a few things clear in the manifesto he left behind: He is a 28-year-old Australian white nationalist who hates immigrants.