CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — At least 49 people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers in an attack broadcast in horrifying, live video by an immigrant-hating white nationalist wielding at least two assault rifles and a shotgun.
One man was arrested and charged with murder, and two other armed suspects were taken into custody while police tried to determine what role they played.
“It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, noting that many of the victims could be migrants or refugees.
She pronounced it “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”
Go here to read the rest. May their souls rest in peace. Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time:
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is getting lambasted online for immediately condemning “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre that left at least 49 worshipers dead.
Just after midnight Friday, the Democratic darling tweeted a clip of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying that her “thoughts” were with the victims and families of the shooting in Christchurch.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”
The phrase “thoughts and prayers” has long been derided by gun control advocates, who say it rings hollow in the absence of more stringent laws.
Some were quick to accuse her of being disrespectful.
“This is incredibly insensitive to my muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people,” replied Siraj Hashmi.
“Yes the one way to show empathy for people murdered at their place of worship is to mock prayer,” another person responded.
Go here to read the rest. If your first thought upon hearing about a massacre like this is how to make political hay out of it, you need to take a very long and hard look in the mirror.