To understand the motives, the risk factors, and the background of the killer is essential for the prevention of further such episodes. But Brenton Tarrant has left behind a perplexing array of clues designed to obfuscate his true intentions.
On the Monday after the day that changed New Zealand forever, I was contacted by a senior journalist from Stuff. He wrote in an email asking for an interview about free speech and other freedoms being undermined as a result of the massacre.
I'd like to clear up some misconceptions about right/left politics. As a politically active young man in my twenties, I often find myself engaging in the same debates over and over again. If only a consensus could be reached on the definition of left-wing and right-wing politics.
Why did the maniac choose to come to New Zealand to shoot peaceful Muslims instead of going to Syria and shooting real Islamic terrorists ? Because, though he maybe consumed with hatred, he is not insane.
As a Christian Libertarian New Zealander, my sincere condolences go out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and their greater families and friends. Their wounded in the hospitals are in my prayers.
Undoubtedly you've read plenty about the bloody and tragic attacks on Christchurch mosques today. Many details remain unclear and the extent of injury and death hasn't been revealed yet. As of writing, the dead number 40, and the final toll is likely to rise.