At least 49 people were killed and 50 wounded in a hateful live stream attack targeting two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.
The shooter was identified as a 28-year-old Australian native named Brenton Harrison Tarrant. A spokesperson for Israel’s population and immigration authority Sabine Haddad, verified that Tarrant entered Israel as a tourist on October 25th in 2016 and received a three month visa upon arrival. He stayed in Israel for nine days. Aside from his heartless massacre Tarrant wrote a piece of literature to justify his extreme act of violence in a political way.
In Tarrants possessions was a 74-page manifesto filled with anti-immigration and anti-Muslim ideals. Tarrant wrote that he’s a supporter of Trump and referred to trump as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose. Tarrant was very direct in his manifesto with his intentions, stating that the reason he carried out his attack and used guns was “to create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States on the ownership of firearms”.
He views his attach as a “means to further the social, cultural, political and racial divide within the United States”. Promoting ideals such as “green nationalism”, anti-population growth, anti-urbanization and pro-sustainable economic practices he referred to himself as an “ecofacist” who’s pro-union, pro-minimum wage and pro workers rights considering immigrants as an infestation to America.
“Conservatism is dead” he wrote as he rejects capitalism, individualism and consumerism. Tarrant thanked God in his manifesto for conservatism being dead and expressed his liking for fascist ideals.
Although, the extreme act of terror committed Friday, March 15th was an attack against the Muslim community, to the minority of America the New Zealand shooting was yet another symbolic display of the white supremacist attach on the world. This violent act poses many concerns in the Black community. Statistics show that one-third of men of the Black community are felons who’s license-to-carry have been permitted. According to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, in order to be prohibited from owning a gun, a convicted felon must have been convicted of a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for more than one year.
However, even the least serious felony convictions carry a sentence of up to three years. How are Black men supposed to protect their families when the United States gun laws are directed towards their weapon rights on land where Blacks are more likely to be accused of criminal actions more than any other race? In fact, the two semi-automatics, two shotguns and the lever action firearm Tarrant used in his crime were all registered to him. Perhaps while White supremacist such as Tarrant express their superiority complex through murder and violence, Blacks and other minority should reevaluate our stance on the gun laws that govern America.