Who Are the People Whose Names New Zealand Mosque Shooter Scrawled on His Gun?

The names of bygone noblemen and battles are written in different languages and indicate that the Christchurch gunman had an admiration for historic figures – in particular, Balkan military leaders – who fought against Muslim invaders in the past.

The gunman who killed 49 worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch posted images of his weapons before the shooting, which provides some insight into his ideology and beliefs.

He shared the photos of his automatic rifle, magazines and petrol containers on his Twitter account, which has already been taken down along with other traces of his social media presence. The images have still made their way into public.



Scrawled on the Rifle

  • ‘Here’s Your Migration Compact!’ refers to the much-criticised non-binding UN agreement that seeks to establish a common global approach to international migration.
  • John Hunyadi was a Hungarian military leader who ruled the country between 1446 and 1456 and led the national struggle against the Turks.
  • ’14 Words’ (the number is repainted in several places on the ammo) is a nod to the 14-word white supremacist slogan derived from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”.
  • ‘Tours 732’ refers to the Battle of Tours in 732. Frankish military leader Charles Martel pushed back the last Arab invasion of Western Europe.
  • ‘Turkofagos’ (‘Turk-eater’ in Greek) was the nickname of Nikitas…

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