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A quiet country reels after a horrific massacre — and struggles to find its new normal

A quiet country reels after a horrific massacre — and struggles to find its new normal

Auckland, New Zealand (CNN)I saw the first alerts of a “firearms incident” in Christchurch on Friday afternoon as I was helping hustle two 3-year-olds into the car for a playground visit.

Mass shootings have been rare in New Zealand, so I dismissively swiped away and assumed that it would turn out to be a false alarm. Gun ownership here may be comparatively high, but we do not have a gun-carrying culture; even police routinely patrol the streets without firearms.
A couple of hours later, surrounded by laughing children scrambling over playground equipment, I checked my phone and saw a missed call from CNN, a message asking about the Christchurch incident.

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