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The Aftermath of the New Zealand Shooting Tragedy

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The Aftermath of the New Zealand Shooting Tragedy

The 15 March 2019 is a date that will go down in history for all the wrong reasons. Horror struck the country of New Zealand when a terror attack took place. Two mosques in the city of Christchurch were targeted; at least 50 were killed and 50 injured in the attack. In the wake of this tragedy, many changes are being implemented to ensure that this never happens again.

Tightening gun laws

New Zealand's cabinet has decided that the gun laws need to be revised in the wake of this tragedy. The aim is to tighten the gun control laws in place. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, has promised that the changes to come will tighten the county's security and make it safer overall. "We've unified, there are simply details to work through". This tragedy has highlighted problems that need to be addressed within the gun control laws in order to succeed in making the country safer.

Halting the sharing of the footage

It is officially considered illegal to watch, possess or redistribute the footage of the attacks within New Zealand. According to Facebook (the platform on which the attack was live-streamed) employees, the video was watched less than 200 times during the live stream. The video was only reported once it was no longer live; it had been seen over 4000 times before being removed.

Demanding accountability from social media platforms

As this horror was shared on a social media platform, many are demanding that companies such as Facebook take more responsibility for the content in which they allow to be distributed and shared. The danger of this footage is not only the pain it causes the loved ones of the victims. It also glorifies the horrors committed and encourages similar behavior for those that crave notoriety, not to mention any people prone to hate crimes.

The Association of New Zealand Advertisers and the Commercial Communications Council have published a joint statement that urges Facebook and other similar platforms to begin to search for ways to effectively moderate hate content before another video of a similar attack is released online. The Prime Minister -- weiging in on the issue -- is one of the parties demanding accountability be taken and for solutions to the problem be found. An estimate of 50 companies are debating whether or not to pull their advertisements from Facebook as many are criticizing the platform for making the video available in the first place.

Mourning

In the wake of this tragedy, many factions of the country have come together to mourn the loss of their people. For instance, Christchurch's school children came together for a vigil to honor the victims. Holding candles, flowers and paper chains, the students spoke out against this tragedy and shared their prayers for the families and loved ones. This is just one of these touching displays as the entire country, if not the world, mourns the horror committed.

Our prayers are with the families of the victims and with those fighting for their lives. The aforementioned changes that have taken place after the events of 15 March 2019 are efforts from a wounded nation trying to make their people feel safe once again. Be aware of hate content and report it immediately, let's all do better.

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