Biden calls for unity to stem racial hatred after Buffalo shooting

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden cited the Buffalo shooting Sunday in calling for national unity as a cure for “the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America” ​​while the governor of New York and the city’s mayor called for strong action from Washington after the latest mass shooting brought tears to a community.

Biden used his remarks during a ceremony on Capitol Hill honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2021 to denounce what he said his Justice Department called of “hate crime, a racist act of white supremacy and violent extremism”.

Authorities say a white gunman in military gear attacked shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York on Saturday, killing 10 people, including a retired Buffalo police officer, and injuring three others. Most of the victims were black. Law enforcement officials said Sunday the 18-year-old shooter researched local demographics while looking for places with high concentrations of black residents.

“A lone gunman, armed with the weapons of war and a soul filled with hate, shot 10 innocent people in cold blood in a grocery store on Saturday afternoon,” Biden said at the 41st annual memorial service for police officers. the peace.

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“We must all work together to fight the hatred that remains a stain on America’s soul. Our hearts are once again heavy, but the resolve must never, ever waver. No one understands this better than the people who sit before me,” the president said.

Biden has failed to respond to calls from Gov. Kathy Hochul, DN.Y., and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for strong federal action in the wake of the latest act of mass violence in the United States. His brief remarks did not mention stalled gun control efforts in Washington.

“We have seen many of these mass shootings across the country year after year, month after month. And it’s always the same refrain. People send their thoughts and prayers. Washington lawmakers say there’s something that needs to be done,” Brown told NBC’s “Meet the Press” show.

“And then there’s some on one side of the aisle that’s getting in the way of doing anything. It seems some people think owning a gun is more valuable than the sanctity of human life. So I think that people across the country need to stand up. They need to say louder and clearer that there needs to be gun control in this country. This is a uniquely American phenomenon. These mass shootings don’t happen not in other countries around the world,” he said.

Brown said he would like to see “reasonable gun control.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said tougher gun measures are “a huge priority” for Democrats and the White House. She lamented the 60-vote threshold needed in the 50-50 Senate that has made it so difficult to advance such legislation, but promised on CNN’s “State of the Union” that “we won’t leave until that the work will not be done”.

Hochul said most of what she described as “illegal firearms” used on city streets in her state come from other states. “We need a national response,” she told NBC.

“We need other states to step in. We need the federal government on our side.


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