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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614

A cowardly act

By S.H.Moulana

Terrorists of any origin would try to display their bravery only by killing the unarmed innocent people in a place of worship or in a social gathering.

In 2017 Las Vegas shootings by 64-year-old Paddock of Nevada, USA, killed 58 people watching a concert and injured 851 people.

Criminologist, Adam Lankford says 31% of the public mass shootings occur in the US although it has 5% of the world population. His study concludes that United States and other nations with high firearm ownership rates may be susceptible to the future public mass shootings.

Though Australia is peaceful now there have been 13 mass shootings between 1979 and 1996.

In New Zealand prior to the new Christchurch mosque massacre where the death toll stands at 49 with 48 injured, there was the Port Arthur massacre in 1996. Norway saw the worst in 2011, when Anders Behring Breivik’s attack on a summer camp killed 77 innocent people.

A survivor of the shooting in the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand has revealed how his friend risked his life to tackle the gunman and wrestle away the weapon. This little hero tried to chase and he couldn’t find the trigger in the gun……he ran behind him but there were people waiting for him in the car and he fled. We all know that for many years New Zealand has held a coveted spot as one of the safest countries in the world.

To a great degree, even despite the mosque shootings, this status will remain when compared to the larger security threats facing many other countries. It was confirmed that the gunman in the mosque shooting is of Australian origin.

Prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Arden has said ‘This was an act of extra ordinary and unprecedented violence. It has no place in New Zealand. It is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. Many of the people affected by this act of extreme violence will be from our refugee and migrant communities, New Zealand is their home. They are us and those committed this unprecedented violence are not. There is no place in our home for them.’

We know that the New Zealanders are peace loving people and there is no record of any discrimination for migrants or refugees from any country or of any faith. Maintain the coveted spot as one of the safest countries in the world.

- Asian Tribune -

Jacinda Arden - New Zealand Prime Minister
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