The main suspect in the New Zealand mass shooting Brenton Tarrant fired his lawyer and planed to represent himself in court.
The 28 year old lone gunman who was charged with murder, appeared to be lucid and not mentally unstable, said Richard Peters, his former attorney. There is a possibility that the man would use this opportunity to spread his extremists views.
Peter also said that the gunman did not display regret, he also added that “He didn’t appear to me to be facing any challenges or mental impairment, other than holding fairly extreme views.”
Fifty people were killed and over forty were injured in the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch on Friday. New Zealand has long been considered safe from terrorism and from the outside world in general. The incident shocked the country’s 4.5 million people.
In wake of the attacks the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hopes to change the National Gun Laws within ten days. She said, “We cannot be deterred from the work we need to do on our gun laws in New Zealand. They need to change”.
Meanwhile Gun stores in New Zealand reported “panic buying” of semiautomatic weapons in anticipation of law changes.