President Joe Biden spoke in Buffalo Monday where an 18-year-old suspect allegedly carried out a planned racist attack on a supermarket Saturday, killing 10.
The speech began with a powerful tribute to the 10 fatalities and three victims who were wounded. The president then addressed what he sees as the underlying issues that led to yet another mass shooting.
Declaring that “evil will not win,” Biden called the horrific assault “simple and straightforward terrorism.” He noted the hate-filled nature of the rampage, which followed suspect Payton Gendron’s alleged posting of a rambling 180-page manifesto filled with racist and anti-Semitic beliefs.
The president called for new restrictions on “assault” weapons, even though the magazine the alleged shooter used in the AR-15 is already illegal under state law. Enforcing the laws already on the books in one of the nation’s toughest gun-control states is a commendable plan.
The bigger question is how a person who was hospitalized for mental evaluation after making a generalized “slay-suicide” threat in high school was able just months later to purchase a Bushmaster XM rifle. Gendron even wore a full-blown hazmat suit to school.
The mandatory background check reportedly came back clean.
Biden also took aim at the internet, saying the nation must “address the relentless exploitation” of platforms that inspire terrorism. The president also restated his claim that he was prompted to run for president by the Charlottesville, Virginia, violence of 2017.
Some of Biden’s messages are echoed by anti-Trump RINO Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who tweeted blame for “white nationalism, white supremacy, and anti-Semitism” onto the House GOP leadership.
Another volley within the GOP came from Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), a Jan. 6 committee member, who took aim at Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). Kinzinger accused his colleague of pushing “white replacement theory’, a position Stefanik denies.
She responds that she has “never advocated” for racist beliefs. Instead, she opposes amnesty for illegals and open borders, positions liberals in Congress, like Kissinger, are working hard to conflate.
Buffalo is a horrific and senseless tragedy. So was Waukesha last November and the Brooklyn subway attack last month, and these also left a paper trail to the attackers’ motivations.
Weaponizing the atrocity in Buffalo for political gain does nothing to address the issue — unless the issue is the coming elections. Americans of all political stripes grieve for the victims and want justice for the perpetrator. To declare anything else is grandstanding and unproductive.