The Aramoana shooting led to changes in the nation's gun laws, and a review that was already underway in 1995, gained more momentum after shootings in Scotland and Australia.
"An expert testified before parliament in 2016 that it was only a matter of time, before a mass shooting occurred in NZ", he said.
The gunman live-streamed the assault on Facebook from a head-mounted camera, and the footage showed how victims were killed inside one of the mosques. Forty-one people were killed at one mosque, and seven people were killed at the second mosque.
"It is therefore essential that our elected leaders speak out clearly and unequivocally against such attacks and name them for the Islamophobic terrorist attacks that they are". That was almost 30 years ago and was the deadliest shooting in New Zealand's history, until Friday.
A vigil was held at Nathan Phillips Square to honour the victims of two mass shootings at New Zealand mosques.
Ardern called the shooting a terrorist attack and described it as "well-planned".
"It is clear this is one of New Zealand's darkest days", Ardern told reporters on Friday.
Relief groups like the New Zealand Red Cross are already helping the community register missing persons, connect with loved ones, or mark themselves safe. The New Zealand police did confirm that a 28-year-old male has been arrested and charged with murder.
People caught up in the mass shootings at two mosques in New Zealand have spoken of their terror as the massacre unfolded.
"We are a society, we are a province that has accepted 108,000 people from, I think, over 150 countries all around the world in the last decade".
Three men and one woman are in custody. "And I'm getting sick and exhausted of that particular scenario playing itself out over and over again, where they keep silent when one of their people do something, but when... whenever they're able to gain a sort of political capital for themselves, all of a sudden they're chatty".
Before Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history took place in the small town of Aramoana in 1990, when a gunman killed 13 people following a dispute with a neighbour. Friday is Islam's holy day.
"At this stage we will not be discussing the offenders' possible motivations or the causes of this incident", New Zealand Police tweeted.
National Deputy Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs Dr Bryce Wakefield said New Zealand's gun laws "were known for being particularly lax".
He said he grew up in a working-class Australian family, had a typical childhood and was a poor student.
"There were bodies all over", he said.
In New Zealand, the minimum age to own a gun is 16 or 18 for military-grad semi-automatic weapons.
Reflecting on the recent mass shootings that took place at two mosques in New Zealand, Daryle Lamont Jenkins, executive director of the anti-fascist organization One People's Project, told Sputnik that the United States right wing "needs to be held accountable" for the attack.
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