Buffalo is still suffering from the racist violence that spread to the Tops grocery store this weekend when 18-year-old Payton Gendron should be described as a hate crime. At least 10 people have been killed by a white man and the United States is once again embroiled in an old gun control controversy. As the days go by, we get worse and more annoying details about the shooter and his policy.
According to Daily Beast, Gendron wrote on his rifle handguard the names of several people, including Virginia Sorenson, who were part of the “Dancing Granny” group, and who died during the Waukesha Christmas Parade Massacre. NYPost reports that the message, “Here’s your compensation” was scrolled along with the n-word as well as the weapon of murder. It doesn’t really make much sense considering that Sorenson, the victim of the Waukesha Parade, was killed by a black man, Darrell Edward Brooks, who supported the killing of white people. But we will not destroy brain cells by trying to decipher hatred.
President Biden will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday
A CNN report from the White House states that President Biden plans to travel to Buffalo on Tuesday to “mourn with the community”, whatever that means. We don’t know if Biden will take questions from the media or speak directly to community members, but he will no doubt be asked what he plans to do about the mass shootings that have taken place year after year, especially last month or so. We are also not sure if he will have a substantial answer that will solve the problem in a practical way.
We will be monitoring.
Ben Krump represents the family of one of the victims
Terry Connors, co-counsel for civil rights and personal injury attorneys Ben Kramp and Connors LLP, and Ken Aberno of D’Sello Levitt have confirmed that their families are holding them. Ruth Elizabeth WhitfieldOne of the thirteen victims of the deadly, racially motivated massacre that took place on Saturday at a Buffalo grocery store in a predominantly black community.
Attorney Kramp issued the following statement:
“Yesterday, we witnessed the deadliest mass shootings of 2022, by a self-proclaimed white supremacist who started doing one thing: killing black people. One in 13 people and one in ten who died tragically was Ruth Elizabeth Whitfield, an 86-year-old black woman. Ruth, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, was her husband’s primary caregiver and was returning from seeing her in a nursing home when this sick, deprived man brutally murdered her at the grocery store.
“We are investigating the shooting and what happened before. These grieving families deserve to know how a white supremacist, so vocal about his hatred, was able to carry out premeditated and targeted terrorist acts against black people – all armed with an assault rifle mounted on a high-powered magazine. This is a very familiar scene, with the same sad, but preventable ending. We will find the answer for this family, and we will hold those responsible for this tragedy accountable. “