verseas — with her quick action following the attack.

  She was quick to label the incident a terrorist attack, a designation that can be lacking fo

r far-right killings, and within hours had vowed to change the law to prevent future atrocities.

  ”Our gun laws will change,” she said, evoking memories of former Australian Prime Minister John Howard who clam

ped down on guns within two weeks of the 1996 massacre at Port Arthur in Tasmania, which killed 35 people.

  True to her word, New Zealand’s cabinet met Monday and agreed on “in prin

ciple” changes to be detailed next week. They’re expected to include a ban on semi-automatic weapons.

  The move has proved popular on the streets of Christchurch wher

e heavily armed police stand guard at roadblocks heaped with flowers in remembrance of the dead.

  ”I think a lot of us in New Zealand have watched what’s happened in America and we sure as hell don’t want to see th

t here,” said Trish Jamieson, a social worker who was laying flowers near the Linwood mosque on Sunday.

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