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Forty-Nine Are Dead After a Mass Shooting on Two Mosques on a Dark Day in New Zealand

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | March 15, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Miscellaneous | March 15, 2019 |


Forty-nine people were killed, and dozens more are being treated for gunshot wounds after a man in his mid-20s opened fire on the members of two mosques in the city of Christchurch. The shooting occurred during Friday morning prayer. Firearms were recovered at the scene of the crimes. Explosive devices were found in one car.

Three men and a woman have been taken into custody, and one charged with the murders. The shootings were announced on 8chan, live-streamed on Facebook, and uploaded to YouTube. During the shooting, the shooter encouraged viewers to subscribe to YouTube celebrity and noted racist, PewDiePie. Someone, possibly the shooter, uploaded a manifesto to 8chan, indicating that he’d been radicalized online.

The manifesto credited Donald Trump and Candace Owens as inspiration for the shooting. However, it is quite possible — and perhaps even likely — that the manifesto was designed to troll and/or bait American media in an effort to sew dissension (it is also quite possible — and even likely — that the shooter believes these things). In the manifesto, he said he specifically used guns to stir up divisions over the Second Amendment in America, cited white nationalist heroes, and claimed to be a fascist. It is obviously important to understand the motivations of the shooter, but should you run across it, please do not share the manifesto, as doing so could inspire potentially more violence.

The prime minister of New Zealand called it an extraordinary attack of unprecedented violence.

We here extend our sympathies to, and grieve for our friends in New Zealand, in the Muslim community at large, and the loved ones of the 49 victims of the New Zealand shootings. In an era of unprecedented hatred and gun violence, a horrific act of evil like this still seems unfathomable.

Please also be careful about how you’re browsing the Internet today. The images and videos are still out there, as social media platforms struggle to remove them.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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