Latest Buffalo shooting: Mitch McConnell says suspect Payton Gendron was ‘disturbed’, calls racism ‘abhorrent’

Mass shooting in Buffalo: 10 dead as police investigate manifesto

Ten people are dead and one suspect is in custody after a man armed with a rifle and body armor opened fire on a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, on May 14, believed to be the one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent US history, and the deadliest mass shooting in the United States in 2022.

The shooting took place at Tops Friendly Market in the 1200 block of Jefferson Avenue in the state’s second-largest city, in a predominantly black neighborhood that authorities believe the suspect had specifically targeted. Thirteen people in total were shot. Among the victims, 11 were black.

Close-ups of video of Saturday’s attack, which police say was filmed by the shooter himself, show the word N and the number 14 – a known white supremacist code – written on the barrel of the weapon in white paint.

A “manifesto” has been found online, linked to 18-year-old suspect Payton Gendron, which references racist and white nationalist tropes and far-right conspiracy theories.

President Joe Biden arrived in Buffalo on Tuesday to “mourn” with the community and delivered remarks in which he called Saturday’s attack “outright terrorism.”

“Hate will not prevail, white supremacy will not have the last word,” he said during a speech at a Buffalo community center.

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The number of weapons made in the United States has tripled since 2000, according to the ATF

Growing demand for handguns has helped fuel the boom, which has peaked in the past three years.

There are approximately 400 million guns in total in the United States.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 07:59

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Why Biden didn’t want to name GOP names in his Buffalo speech

Despite promising to “fight like hell” and “expose everyone” in a speech Tuesday about the Buffalo shooting, President Biden was reluctant to call any of the figures responsible for integrating racist conspiracy theories that inspired alleged shooter Payton Gendron.

Aides feared that if Mr Biden goes after ‘Great Replacement’ supporters like Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, it would give the host a clip to ‘use in his A-block every night’ and divert attention of the “substance” of the president. words, aides told Politico.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 07:00

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How Payton Gendron bought his gun legally

Buffalo Shooting suspect Payton Gendron was able to legally purchase the AR-15 he allegedly used in the massacre, officials say.

A total of three firearms were found in his possession, including the one he allegedly used in the shooting, as well as two firearms found in his car.

“Where were the red flags for him to buy these guns legally?” said Erie County Sheriff John Garcia. “But in a case like this, the arms dealer was able to sell those guns to this individual because there were no red flags.”

Even though Mr. Gendron was briefly detained by state police for making violent comments at school in 2021, New York’s red flag apparently didn’t stop him from buying the guns.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 06:00

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Trump shares QAnon plot about himself

As the Buffalo shooting proves, fringe conspiracy theories are becoming more mainstream in the United States.

And Donald Trump has been one of their most influential suppliers.

The former president delighted QAnon supporters after sharing a meme featuring himself and the ‘Q’ symbol on Truth Social, his social media platform.

According to screenshots of the meme shared to Twitter on Monday, a “Q” could be seen behind the former president, who was shown seated on a throne and sporting a gold crown in the style of The iron Throne.

Gino Spocchia to the story.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 05:00

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Freelance Prime: Far-right ideologies are becoming a growing problem for the United States

The Buffalo shooting is part of a disturbing story, Holly Baxter written for Independent Premium.

As his article argues today:

It seems clear that the Buffalo shooting was a hate crime and an act of terrorism. It is also clear that far-right ideologies are becoming a growing problem for the WE, and even for the west. The United States is a very conservative country that has always had its fair share of far-right extremists, including Oklahoma City suicide bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who killed 168 people (including 19 children in a daycare center ) in 1995. McVeigh and Nichols were paranoid, libertarian right-wingers who feared that the government wanted to control private citizens.

Read the full story here:

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 04:00

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Discord users reviewed the shooter’s plan before the attack

About half an hour before filming began at Tops Market in Buffalo, indicted shooter Payton Gendron shared his plans with others in a Discord chat room, none of whom appeared to alert law enforcement. .

“What we know at this time is that a private, invite-only server was created by the suspect to serve as his personal chat log,” the company said in a statement. The New York Times. “About 30 minutes before the attack, however, a small group of people were invited and joined the server. Prior to this, our records indicate that no one else has seen the log chat log on this private server.

It’s the latest indication that the 18-year-old has sought to spread his hatred online and inspire others to join him in the violence.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 03:00

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PHOTOS: Joe Biden visits Buffalo to mourn with the community

Joe Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday to meet with mourners and make remarks following Saturday’s fatal shooting of a white supremacist, when a gunman killed 10 people.

Here are some of the striking photos from his visit.

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Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 02:00

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New York lawmaker wants to make key gun laws even tougher

New York already has some of the strictest gun ownership laws in the country, and a state congresswoman wants to make them even more armored in the wake of the Buffalo mass shooting, where accused shooter Payton Gendron was able to obtain a weapon despite his previous hospitalization. after making violent comments at school.

“You just want to close any potential loopholes,” said Westchester MP Amy Paulin. The New York Times.

She is sponsoring a series of bills that would require local law enforcement to provide information about recovered guns to federal databases, allow New York to do its own background checks, and compel gun dealers. weapons to stricter record keeping and training of personnel.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 01:40

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Charities donate over $1 million to Buffalo survivors

Charities, sports teams and businesses have all stepped up to donate more than $1 million to victims and survivors of the Buffalo mass shooting, according to WIVB.

Donors include M&T Bank, which announced a $500,000 donation, as well as others like KeyBank, New Era Cap and NFL Buffalo Bills player Shaq LAwson.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 01:20

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Biden calls on US to tackle ‘stain’ of white supremacist violence

Joe Biden has called on the United States to tackle the “stain” of white supremacist violence.

The president made the comments after 10 people were shot dead in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14, by suspected gunman Payton Gendron.

“Already the Justice Department has publicly stated that it is investigating the case as a hate crime, an act of white supremacy and racially motivated violent extremism,” Biden said.

“We must all work together to fight the hate that remains a stain on America’s soul.”

Biden calls on US to tackle ‘stain’ of white supremacist violence

Joe Biden has called on the United States to tackle the “stain” of white supremacist violence. The president made the comments after 10 people were shot dead in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo on Saturday, May 14, by suspected gunman Payton Gendron. “Already the Justice Department has publicly stated that it is investigating the case as a hate crime, an act of white supremacy and racially motivated violent extremism,” Biden said. “We must all work together to fight the hate that remains a stain on America’s soul. “Click here to sign up for our newsletters.

Josh MarcusMay 18, 2022 01:00

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