President Joe Biden on Tuesday labeled the deadly shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., as “domestic terrorism” and vowed that the white supremacist ideology espoused by the gunman must not be allowed to prevail.
What Was Buffalo Incident?
A gun massacre occurred at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people and injuring three more. Authorities believe the incident was a “racially motivated hate crime” perpetrated by a highly armed white teenager who fired 50 shots in and out of the store.
Police have taken custody of an 18-year-old male suspect. According to an ABC News source close to the inquiry, the gunman streamed live the assault on social media and inscribed the names of prior school killers and racist slurs on the gun he reportedly used to carry out the crime.
According to law enforcement officials, all ten people who were killed were Black, with six ladies and four males ages ranging from 32 to 86. Officials reported one of the injured victims was black, while the other two were Caucasian.
Authorities said the three surviving were taken to the hospital with non-life critical gunshot wounds. According to officials, four of the gunshot victims were business employees and the remainder were consumers. As per a law enforcement official, a Buffalo police officer handling security was one of those murdered. Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown recognized him as Aaron Salter Jr.
Gramaglia described Salter as a “genuine hero.” “He fought his way down. He moved closer to the gunshots.”The perpetrator fired 50 rounds during in the attack, according to Gramaglia, and had many more filled magazine clips when he was apprehended.
Flags at city facilities, including police stations, fire stations, and Niagara Square in Buffalo, were commanded to be reduced to half-staff by Brown.
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What Did Biden Say?
“What happened here is simple and straightforward: terrorism. Terrorism. Domestic terrorism,” Biden said in a speech during a visit to Buffalo. “Violence inflicted in the service of hate and a vicious thirst for power defines one group of people as inherently inferior to any other group.”
The president’s comments came after a gunman opened fire at a grocery store in Buffalo’s mostly Black neighborhood on Saturday, killing ten people. The perpetrator had posted earlier a racist rant online. An 18-year-old white guy charged with the murder drove 200 miles for the crime, which officials believe was motivated by a racist anti-immigrant ideology. The attack is being investigated as a criminal act by federal investigators.
Biden exploded into a blistering condemnation of white supremacy, which motivated the Buffalo assault and many others in recent times, while also linking the massacre to more significant ideological struggles in the United States, throughout his speech. Biden slammed far-right individuals who propagate white nationalist beliefs and ideologies for the sake of power and money without mentioning names.
After the violence in Charlottesville, in 2017, Biden claimed the very same kind of violent extremism confirmed his decision to run for president. White supremacy has been “let to grow and develop right in front of our eyes,” Biden declared more than a year into his presidency. He said, “No more.” “I don’t think so.”
Biden blasted the media, politicians, and the online on Tuesday for radicalizing “angry, disillusioned, lonely, and lonely folks” into adopting “replacement theory,” a racist idea that portrays minorities as an ongoing threat to white people. The far-right worldview has been supported by major Republican and conservative media figures, notably renowned Fox News personality Tucker Carlson.
“I urge all Americans to reject the lie, and I condemn those who disseminate it for political advantage, greed, or power,” Biden added.
When questioned if members of Congress or Carlson are to be responsible for the replacement theory sparking violence following his speech, Biden responded that those who promote it bear some culpability “not for this particular crime, but it serves no use, no function, except for profit and/or a political advantage.”The president also labeled white supremacy a “poison” in his Tuesday address, citing the fatal demonstration in Charlottesville as well as the mass killings in Charleston, South Carolina, El Paso, Texas, and Pittsburgh. “Ideology seems to have no place in America,” he remarked.”Evil will not triumph in America.” I guarantee it. “Hate will not triumph, and white supremacy will not win,” Biden declared.
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He suggested a variety of efforts to stop future attacks, including enacting legislation to “keep assault rifles off our streets” and tackling “the persistent abuse of the internet to promote and mobilize terrorism.” He also urged Americans to speak out against white supremacy. “These actions, as witnessed in these hate-filled attacks,” Biden added, “reflect the ideas of a terrible minority.” “We cannot allow them to misrepresent the true America.” We cannot enable them to ruin the nation’s soul.”
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Jill Biden paid a visit to a monument for the bombing victims in Buffalo. Following that, they met with victims’ relatives, law enforcement, first rescuers, and community leaders.
During his remarks, Biden took the time to identify each of the deceased and offer a few personal details about each of them. When recounting one of the victims, a 53-year-old man named Andre Mackneil who was fatally shot while going to the store to fetch his 3-year-old son a birthday cake, he seemed to choke up.
“His son is enjoying his birthday and wonders where his father is,” Biden explained.
Although it is not the same scenario, the president referred to his own family’s history of sad losses, reminding the victims’ families that “we know a little bit of what it’s like to lose a part of your soul.” He described the sensation as having a “black hole in your chest” into which he was being sucked.
“I will tell you now, from our personal experience and that of many others whom we’ve met, the day will come when remembering your loved one brings joy,” Biden said. “It may take more than just a year, but our hope for you is that time will arrive eventually, but I assure you that it will.”