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My heart weeps for the 49 souls lost . please pray for all those in Christchurch. The callus person 'livestreamed' the shooting and I can't understand why he did what he did.  Please respect all lost by NOT searching for the stream. Hopefully , from what I heard from news, Google took it down

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Kelli it's absolutely the saddest thing I have heard in a long while.

 

Words cannot describe how sad I am.

 

A very good friend of mine is a kiwi, from Christchurch.   Whilst her family are fine, she is devastated no end.

 

Deigh is from the other island, not sure about his boys.

 

The world is definitely a place worse off, losing these 49 beautiful souls.

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Thank you for posting this Kelli. We need to pray for all the people affected by this horrific event. And then keep praying for our own neighborhood that this may not  be repeated among those we know and love and never want to lose. My heart goes out to all affected by this tragedy. I too have friends in New Zealand and this is another reminder that out of sight should not mean out of mind. 

 

 

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This is very sad and frightening   

Not to get anyone mad but I thought New Zealand banned firearms ???????????? 

Ed

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Australia did after it's first and only mass shooting in Tasmania. 

 

I'm not sure about New Zealand. 

 

I really hope that if not, they do now, so that another tragedy does not occur.

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This is absolutely tragic.  My heart goes out to all the family and friends of those killed or injured, and to the survivors.  It must share them to their very core.

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I have no words. I just feel sick and honestly afraid. 🙏 to all.

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New Zealand is completely shattered by this event, Every town has sympathetic bouquets of flowers around its clock towers or Memorial columns. Nobody can even guess on 'Why'. the only thing that has promptly emerged is a demand for complete banning of this type of weapon. We have a strong gun registration system but licenced guns are used quite regularly by the hunting  fraternity and in only rare occasions in crime. There are only a very few shooting accidents since the licencing includes gun handling training.

The country is still reeling from an uncharacteristic murder of a young female tourist a few months ago. Demonstrations of sympathy were held throughout  the entire country.

Thanks for concern about me and family but we live at the opposite end of the country and since none of us are Muslins we would not have been a target anyhow.

Deigh

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Heather is right. The statement from Waleed, an Australian, is very good.

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I will listen to that latter tonight 

I can only give you an Americans view on this, my father taught me when I was 5-6 that firearms are not toys, there tools respect them and never use them in anger, it only take's a few seconds to use them but a lifetime of grief follows if used in anger.

My condolences to all the effected family's  :sorry: 

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Thank you Heather.  Just watched his broadcast; very moving and hits the nail fair and square on the head.

 

Unfortunately, bigotry is all to easy, but even so, I cannot understand what drives people to do things like this.

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To return to this subject......Here in NZ the disaster has dominated the news for more than a week. There has been an opening of hearts all round. Mosques have been open to everyone throughout and non-believers have been welcomed to enter and pray. The perpetrator of the slaughter had been hoping to start a wave of bigoted hatred for the Moslem fraternity but he has created the reverse and it has resulted in a bonding between the newcomers and us never before experienced. 

The government has declared that there is no place for automatic weapons in the community and they will be banned.

Deigh

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Deigh all of Australis is talking about Ardern and how she got things done.

Love it, but still too little too late...

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Quoted in the local paper Trump rang Ardern and asked how the US can help and Ardern replied pray for all Muslims.

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6 hours ago, Deigh said:

Muslim  prayers did not protect themselves  from this disaster!

Deigh

the gist of the article that at this difficult times ,a politician can show love for a victim's family whatever their religion,  if Ardern switched her nationality to Australian 70% want her as PM

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Yep. I’m in that 70%.

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I have been following this as much as I can, and I am absolutely bowled over by how wonderfully New Zealanders have reacted.  While it will not bring people back to life, it appears that the outpouring of goodwill will bind the various groups and religions even tighter.

 

 

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As a resident I can confirm that the country's heartfelt horror of this occurrence has gone on and on. The death yesterday of the three year old shot in the massacre added fuel to the situation. New Zealand is such an easy going country that we just can't understand it happening here. This is recognised as one of the safest places in the world.  When I first came to live here fifty years ago we had one murder a year!,usually a local female hitchhiker. I can remember that first case because it is still unsolved. I think the police in those days had so little experience in these events that a murder investigation caught them unawares.

In those days one left their keys in the car ignition in the driveway and the front door was frequently left unlocked!

Deigh

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15 hours ago, Deigh said:

As a resident I can confirm that the country's heartfelt horror of this occurrence has gone on and on. The death yesterday of the three year old shot in the massacre added fuel to the situation. New Zealand is such an easy going country that we just can't understand it happening here. This is recognised as one of the safest places in the world.  When I first came to live here fifty years ago we had one murder a year!,usually a local female hitchhiker. I can remember that first case because it is still unsolved. I think the police in those days had so little experience in these events that a murder investigation caught them unawares.

In those days one left their keys in the car ignition in the driveway and the front door was frequently left unlocked!

Deigh

yes. I've heard similar stories. This does not happen there.. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-new-zealand-gun-controls-20190402-story.html

It is amazing how fast the law was brought up and passed overwhelmingly and the US can't even agree on trivial facts  

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True. Deigh I am still in utter shock at the entire thing. I hope others see and feel your country's undeniable support and goodwill for each other during such a tragic time. I see that as only strengthening. I am glad other countries can witness the strength of your country's support for its residents. The tragedy that occurred to evoke it is deplorable and I see a country that handles this in a way that screams "You will not break us only make us stronger!". 

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The way that your fellow citizens and politicians have handled this has raised a phoenix from the fire.  The event is still tragic and evil, but response appears to have been so overwhelming as to bring a huge amount of good and goodwill.  It will not bring people back to life, but it will help with healing (and the ban will help prevent future incidents).

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