Breaking down New Zealand's gun laws in wake of deadly mosque shooting

What New Zealand the U.S. Norway and Canada Have in Common After the Christchurch Attack

Unlike in the United States, where calls for greater gun control after mass shootings are often met by deaf ears when it comes to federal regulation, three mass shootings - only one of which happened in New Zealand - prompted legislative changes.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg called Friday for the worldwide community to combat all forms of extremism after the Christchurch attacks, which revived painful memories of the 2011 Breivik mass killing in Norway.

Nearly 50 people were treated at Christchurch Hospital for gunshot wounds, including young children.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush told reporters he was mobilizing "every national police resource to keep people safe" as he advised residents of Christchurch to stay off the streets.

One man will appear at a Christchurch court on Saturday.

More than 40 people injured in the shootings are being treated in hospitals, Ardern said, and two of them remain in a critical condition.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the shooting, saying there is "no place" in the country for such acts of violence.

U.S. President Donald Trump extended condolences on Twitter to New Zealanders and said, "The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do". As New Zealand has stood by us so we stand shoulder to shoulder with them, and with Muslims in New Zealand, here in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Brenton Tarrant, 28, from Australia, bragged that he would be released from jail after 27 years - just like Mandela - in a 73-page document he penned.

CNN cites a 2015 study that reported New Zealand had an adjusted rate of about 1 gun death per 100,000 people, while in 2017, the United States has an adjusted rate of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

That said, the two countries are dramatically different in size, with New Zealand having a population of less than 4.8 million people while the US has an estimated 327.2 million people, but the gun violence rates are notably different when looked at with comparitive sizes.



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