On Friday of last week, New Zealand was changed when terrorism arrived on our shores. I reflect on that day and the immediate aftermath from my perspective. This is a personal viewpoint, not a news report or news analysis—there are plenty of places that provide that. But for nearly a dozen years I’ve talked about good things and bad things that have happened in New Zealand, and this could be no different.
Important update: After I recorded and prepared this episode, the New Zealand Government followed through on its promise and will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons and all assault rifles. I’ll have more to say about that later, but I applaud the move.
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Photo in this episode’s artwork is byKirk Hargreaves for Christchurch City Council
“No mention of right-wing extremist threats in 10 years of GCSB and SIS public docs” – Radio New Zealand
“Republicans Blasted Obama Administration For Warning About Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism” – ThinkProgress
“Gun owners voluntarily handing over semi-automatic rifles to police after Christchurch terrorist attack” – One News (TVNZ)
“Rush for semi-automatic guns in Blenheim following Christchurch mosque shootings” – Stuff
“They Are Us” – My blog post with my personal reflections on the attack and aftermath
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