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Australian Broadcaster Waleed Aly Provides Emotional Response to New Zealand Mosque Shooting

Australian broadcaster Waleed Aly delivered emotional and measured words to viewers of Australian network Channel 10 Friday morning following the mass shooting that took at least 49 lives. A gunman attacked a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand after posting a wild 79-page manifesto that revealed motivation of hate and white supremacy.

Aly opened by saying that he’d much rather not be addressing viewers tuned into Channel 10’s The Project, but he felt compelled to share his point of view, which can be summed up with the sad words “I’m not shocked.”

He then listed numerous mass shootings that have past similar occurrences including the shooting of Muslims at a Quebec mosque, the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, and a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Watch the moving four-minute clip below, courtesy of Channel 10.

“You’ll have to forgive me, these won’t be my best words…”

On this heartbreaking day, Waleed reflects and calls for unity. #TheProjectTV pic.twitter.com/mIOI0eGamb

Aly offers“I know how quiet, how still, how introspective those people would have been before they were suddenly gunned down, how separated from the world they were feeling until the world came in and tore their lives apart,” before adding “And I know that the people who did this knew well enough how profoundly defenseless their victims were in that moment.”

He then ended by asking for political leaders to be consistent in their addressing of terrorism, despite the ideology espoused by their attackers.

“Don’t change your tune now because the terrorism seems to be coming from a white supremacist. If you’ve been talking about being tough on terrorism for years, and the communities who allegedly support it, show us how tough you are now.”

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