BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – America needs to look carefully in the mirror and admit the threat posed by domestic terrorism, President Joe Biden said Tuesday after meeting with families who lost loved ones in the supermarket shooting. Buffalo.
Biden’s comments were made in a short question-and-answer session with reporters just before departure from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. He was asked if it was time to pass a federal law on domestic terrorism.
“We have enough laws on the books to deal with what is happening now. We just have to deal with it,” Biden said. “Look, part of what the country needs to do is look in the mirror and face reality: we have a problem with domestic terror. It’s true.”
Ten people were killed and three others were injured on Saturday when a white supremacist launched a targeted attack on the community he said contained the largest percentage of black residents near his home. Biden called white supremacy “poison” in a speech earlier Tuesday and doubled down on domestic terror during the session with reporters.
“People don’t want to hear me say it — they say, ‘he’s the president, he’s a Democrat’ — but that’s what the intelligence community says, that’s what the military says. for a long time,” Biden said of the threat of domestic terrorism.
“There is nothing new about this. Nothing new about this. And look, there are a lot of people, like this murderer who did this, who are just confused, who are touchy, who are just lost and don’t know what to do. And they’re easily caught, they’re easily sucked in. And it must stop. We have to admit it. I don’t know why we don’t admit what is happening.
Governor Kathy Hochul called for a “national response” on gun control in light of the attack. Biden said Tuesday that getting new laws passed would be “very difficult. But I’m not going to give up trying. »
News 4 continues to learn more about the victims of Sunday’s tragedy. More information on each victim can be found here.
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