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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…