President Joe Biden During his visit, he addressed the recent shooting riots The buffalo, New York, Tuesday. While there, he met with the families of the victims of Saturday’s massacre and addressed both racism and hatred that officials say inspired the gunman.
“What happened here is simple, straightforward terrorism,” Biden said.
“Terrorism, domestic terrorism, hateful violence, and demonic thirst for power that define the people of one group are inherently inferior to the other.”
“In America, evil will not win, I promise you. Hatred will not prevail, and there will be no end to white supremacy, “Biden continued.
Biden was joined by First Lady Jill Biden and they visited Tops Supermarket, a memorial set up at the shooting site.
The two went to pay their respects to the 10 victims killed And placed a bouquet of flowers on the site.
The gunman wounded three others.
The President and First Lady met with law enforcement, first responders and community leaders.
“You have to refuse to live in a country where black people going to do a weekly grocery shopping can be shot and killed by weapons of war deployed for a racist reason,” Biden said. “We must refuse to live in a country where fear and lies are packaged for power and gain.”
During his comments, he read the names and descriptions of the 10 people killed and what they went to the store for that day, NBC News reported.
Biden has called on Congress to pass an arms embargo, an issue he pressed well before he became president, but there is still a lack of a vote in the Senate to pass it.
“This poison, this violence cannot be the story of our time. We can’t let that happen, “Biden said.” Look, I’m not stupid. I know tragedy will come again. It can’t be gone forever.
Biden has faced a number of mass shootings since taking office, prompting him to take executive action and ask the judiciary to do more to stop the distribution of illegal firearms.
House Democrats are expected to vote on a bill to fight white supremacists and other domestic extremist groups, but Republicans have blocked an equally divided Senate in a democratic effort to advance gun control.
Some Republicans have been accused of supporting an ultra-right conspiracy theory, which investigators say the gunman in Buffalo wrote in a lengthy “manifesto” that led him to target and kill black people.
“I urge all Americans to reject lies, and I condemn those who spread lies for the sake of power, political gain and profit,” Biden said.