In one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent US history, an 18-year-old white youth was charged with shooting and killing 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday. Authorities said Payton Gendron of Conklin, New York, shot 11 blacks and two whites in a rampage he broadcast live.
A 180-page manifesto allegedly posted on the Internet by Gendron before the attacks focused on the “replacement theory,” a white supremacist belief that non-whites will eventually replace whites because they have higher rates of higher birth rates, according to a copy seen by ABC News.
“This individual came here for the express purpose of taking as many black lives as possible,” the Buffalo mayor said. Byron Brown said at a press conference on Sunday.
Since taking office in August, New York Governor Kathy Hochul has faced several natural and man-made disasters, ranging from the deadly Hurricane Ida to the recent Brooklyn subway shootings. But for the Buffalo native, the racially motivated mass shooting in her hometown is personal.
In an interview on ABC News on Sunday mornings, Hochul expressed his grief and outrage, “Our hearts are broken and I am angry. An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us. I will spare no effort to protect the people of this community. »
Democrats have lashed out at Republicans who are traditionally staunch defenders of the Second Amendment, including the GOP’s third-highest-ranking member in the House, the Rep. from upstate New York. Elise Stefanik.
“Did you know: @EliseStefanik pushes white replacement theory?” representing Adam Kinzinger (Stream.) tweeted on Saturday, referring to criticism of his Congressional campaign’s Facebook ads raising fears of a “permanent election insurrection.”
Stefanik, known as a moderate Republican turned Asset sidekick, tweeted a message of condolence upon hearing the news but did not comment on Kinzinger’s allegation.
“We pray for their families. But after praying, after rising from our knees, we must demand change. We must demand justice,” the New York State Attorney General said. Letitia James said while attending church services in Buffalo on Sunday morning. “It was domestic terrorism, plain and simple.”
For Hochul, the massacre reflects a failure not only to limit access to firearms, but to limit the ability to openly share and spread hate speech.
The governor told ABC that tech company executives “must be held accountable and assure all of us that they are taking every step humanly possible to be able to monitor this information.”
“How these depraved ideas are fermenting on social media – it’s now spreading like a virus,” she said, adding that a lack of oversight could cause other people to imitate the shooter.
The Buffalo shooting prompted the New York Police Department to provide increased security at black churches around New York “in the event of a copycat,” the NYPD said in a statement.
“While we assess there is no threat to New York City resulting from this incident,” the NYPD said in its statement, “out of an abundance of caution, we have moved counterterrorism and patrol to pay special attention to a number of locations and areas, including major places of worship in communities of color.