New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Amal Eldesouky, Reporter

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Throughout history, we have seen many events where people kill each other based on their religious beliefs. Looking all around the world right now, there are many religions that seek to keep the world in peace. We all are born with one right that should be respected no matter what, and that right is to practice our religion with no cost or penalties. Religion is one of our natural rights, and people should be free to follow their ideas and beliefs without being hurt or killed. When we say that terrorism has no religion, we are right, no religion asks us to kill someone else, but people tend to use religion as an excuse to kill and murder people in order to gain power. When we hear about a terror attack, in a different country from the United States, we tend to feel bad for a few days, then we get over it. The United States should do something to stop all forms terrorism, since the United States is one of the most powerful nations in the world. We should help stop terrorism in other countries and save lives all around the world.

Many innocent people are dying every day, because of terror attacks like the one in New Zealand by a white supremacist. The attack is described as one of New Zealand’s darkest days, because the shooter was able to kill 50 innocent people that were just doing their prayers in the mosque. The shooter targeted two mosques in Christchurch. The Al Noor Mosque, where 42 people were killed, and another at the Linwood Mosque, where seven people died, and one person died at the hospital according to the police. Due to this massive shooting, schools were temporarily put on lock down across Christchurch. The police also advised all the mosques in the country to lock their doors. In the Prime Minster of New Zealand’s speech, she said that three of the four people arrested were connected to the attack. “These are people who I would describe as having extremist views that have absolutely no place in New Zealand and, in fact, have no place in the world.” In addition, she included that one of them was an Australian citizen and described the man as an “extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist.”

The attackers wore body cameras and filmed as they fired. Footage was available on Facebook Live, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. New Zealand police said that the “extremely distressing footage” of the shooting was streamed online in real time. They asked that the links not be shared and wrote on Twitter that they were, “working to have any footage removed.” Removing everything from on line would be helpful, because by having people sharing this violence, help spread the oxygen to this violent act and the message that’s set behind it, claimed Prime Minster Ardern. She is correct, these terrorists should not have a platform to advertise their hate.