Democratic lawmakers reacted Saturday to the shootings in Buffalo, NY, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which together left more than 10 dead and dozens injured, decrying the violent attacks and issuing calls for action.
In Buffalo on Saturday, a gunman walked into a Tops Friendly Market wearing a body armor, pulled out a gun and opened fire, the The New Zealand Times reported. Authorities said the shooter broadcast the attack live.
The suspect killed at least 10 people before being taken into custody by authorities. Authorities said they were investigating the incident as a hate crime.
In Milwaukee the night before, three separate shootings in the city’s downtown injured more than 21 people in total, according to the TNZT.
“Horrified by the mass shooting in Buffalo. We are in communication with local leaders and authorities to offer any necessary federal support,” said Rep. Brian Higgins (DN.Y.), whose district includes Buffalo, tweeted.
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) said he was monitoring the situation and advised people to listen to local law enforcement.
“I am actively monitoring the situation with the grocery store shooting in Buffalo. We stand with the people of Buffalo. If you are in Buffalo, please follow the advice of local law enforcement,” Schumer wrote.
“I feel bad for the victims and their families. I feel bad for Buffalo. I feel bad for the tight-knit community on the East Side. Racism has no place in our state or our country,” he said. added in a later tweet. “I spoke with the mayor of Buffalo and offered all the help we can provide. We stand with the people of Buffalo.
“I am devastated to learn of the senseless gun violence in Milwaukee last night. My heart breaks for the victims, their families and the MKE community. I hope for a speedy recovery,” said Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin ( D). mentioned. “It’s another unfortunate reminder that we must work together to confront the scourge of gun violence.”
A number of lawmakers condemned what authorities said were racist motivations behind the Buffalo shooting and called on Congress to take action to try to further reduce gun violence.
“My prayers are with the victims of this act of racially motivated violence and my heart goes out to the loved ones of the victims, our emergency personnel and the entire Buffalo community. Racism, prejudice and hatred have no place. place in our state or country,” said Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (DN.Y.) tweeted.
“I promise the people of New York that I will continue to fight to the best of my ability to adopt common sense gun safety measures and to confront and defeat the scourge of white supremacy.”
“I know we can’t stop all gun violence. But can we finally recognize that refusing to do anything is shameful? Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) mentioned. “The Senate can AT LEAST hold a vote on the background check bills we passed. Maybe we can save a life. Today we are reminded again that we have to try.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) hit out at the GOP for its stance on gun control while referencing Republican efforts to restrict access to abortion.
“Racist extremists are armed to the teeth with weapons of mass murder in this country and the ‘pro-life’ party will do nothing to stop it,” Maloney said. tweeted.
“Heartbreaking news from Buffalo, NY as another community experiences the tragedy of gun violence. As an American, I stand with Buffalo as he mourns. As a lawmaker, I will never stop to work to end these shootings and the spread of hate,” Colorado Rep. Jason Crow (D) said. mentioned.
“It doesn’t have to be like that.”
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