A gunman carrying military-style weapons opened fire on two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 49 people on Friday, a day many Muslims gather for prayers.
A man who claimed responsibility for the shootings left a 74-page anti-migrant manifesto, and the gunman appears to have posted video of part of the attack on social media. I do not plan to find it.
Officials say three men and one woman were taken into custody and that police defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles as well.
I’m never sure which is more deadly: guns or religious hatred? But we do know that together they are a toxic combo. Fanatics come in all flavors: today it is anti-Muslim, previously we in the US had a mass shooting in a black church, more recently in a synagogue, so who knows what tomorrow will bring?
Our sympathies go to Muslims world wide today, and we are especially sorry for New Zealanders.