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From Aramoana to Christchurch: A Shorthand of New Zealand’s Relationship With Guns

Nearly 30 years ago, a mass shooting in a small town reshaped how New Zealand regulates gun ownership. The attack in Christchurch could have a similar effect.

  • Chris Fitch
  • The Atlantic

On a Tuesday in November 1990, the sleepy town of Aramoana was burned into New Zealand’s collective consciousness.

The 13 residents killed in a gun rampage that shocked the nation were, until Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, victims of the country’s worst-ever mass shooting, one that opened a widespread reevaluation of New Zealand’s relationship with firearms.

All subsequent gun debates here have been guided by the tragic events in Aramoana and…

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