We can be grateful that, by and large, the response to last week’s massacre has been the opposite of what the killer intended – unity instead of division.
We can be grateful that Muslims in Christchurch and the wider New Zealand Muslim community reacted with forgiveness and inclusiveness.
We can be grateful that by and large, the horror of last week’s massacre has been met with compassion here and overseas.
We can be grateful that, by and large, the response from politicians has been appropriate and non-partisan.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern invited Opposition leader Simon Bridges to accompany her to Christchurch on her first visit, following the example set by then-PM John Key who invited the then-Labour leader to accompany him to the city after the earthquakes.
Since then the PM has shown compassion, empathy and resolve and the Opposition leader has offered support when it’s been appropriate but otherwise left her to it, as he should.
We can be grateful that the changes to gun laws announced are reasonable.
We can be grateful that today those who choose to can observe a two-minute silence in honour of the 50 people who died.
We can be grateful that this will provide a prompt to the media to reduce the saturation coverage so they don’t cross the line from news to voyeurism.