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Listen to our interview with Heritage Foundation’s Robin Simcox in the podcast, or read the lightly edited transcript below.
Kate Trinko: I’m here with Robin Simcox, the Margaret Thatcher fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Robin focuses here on research, on terrorism, and national security. Thanks for joining us today, Robin.
Robin - Simcox - Great
Robin Simcox: Great to be with you.
Trinko: All right, so the media is currently reporting that 49 at least have died in this horrible shooting in New Zealand and another 20 are injured. Does that make this one of the highest death counts for this kind of act ever?
Simcox - Act - Body - Count - West
Simcox: Well, it’s a terrible act. It’s a large body count. It’s not the highest we’ve seen in the west in recent years, but of course in terms of an attack on a mosque and certainly an attack in New Zealand where acts or terrorism are exceedingly rare, it is a very significant and of course tragic incident.
Trinko: You mentioned that for New Zealand, this is unusual. Is this a new part of the world for this kind of action? Has New Zealand ever had a shooting comparable to this?
Simcox - Perpetrator - Attack
Simcox: No, it hasn’t. The perpetrator of the attack was actually Australian as well.
There was a little more of a history in Australia with terrorism but New Zealand is very quiet in comparison.
Development - Acts - Terrorism - Place - Cities
It’s an extraordinarily disturbing development. I think sometimes we associate these acts of terrorism taking place in major cities so London, or New York, or Paris, and of course there’s been a lot of attacks that have taken place in those cities, but if you look at some of the white supremacist attacks that have taken place in recent years–obviously this attack in Christchurch–we had the attack in Pittsburgh, in Charleston, South Carolina with Dylan Roof and of course in Oslo, with...
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