Buffalo mayor calls for ‘sensible gun control’ after supermarket shooting

The mayor of Buffalo, New York, urged lawmakers on Sunday to take “sensible” action to tackle gun violence and hate speech after ten people were shot in their community in what officials believe That it was a racially motivated attack.

“This tragedy shows us that it can happen anywhere. It’s not just Buffalo,” Mayor Byron Brown said while speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” about the supermarket shooting in a predominantly black community on Saturday said.

“No community appears to be safe from these mass shootings. It’s not just Buffalo, New York, it’s communities in every corner of this country that are vulnerable to guns and with hateful ideology that have been allowed to spread on social media and the Internet,” Brown said in a separate interview with CBS News. said in. “Face the nation.”

Authorities have said the 18-year-old suspect arrested in Saturday’s violence, who shot 13 people, had researched local demographics, searching for places with high concentrations of black residents, carrying a rifle and a rifle for several hours. Before traveling to Buffalo with. tactical vest.

Instead of focusing on how black and people of color can feel safe in the wake of the violence, Brown urged fellow lawmakers to tackle a “typically American phenomenon” with guns.

“We have to focus on sensible gun control. That said, after all these mass shootings in this country for different reasons, year in and year out, month in and month out, week in and week out, Buffalo, Let New York be the last place mass shootings happen,” he told Margaret Brennan of CBS News.

Saturday’s mass shooting was the 198th this year. It was also the deadliest this year, according to a tally by the Gun Violence Archive, an independent non-profit group.

The gun used in this weekend’s attack was purchased legally in New York, but was modified with “illegal magazines” that are available in other states, such as nearby Pennsylvania, said New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

Earlier this year, Hochul vowed to crack down on illegal guns crossing state borders in New York and said on Sunday that she plans to announce a new gun reform package this week.

“We had already planned to announce a comprehensive gun package to address the loopholes in our laws,” he said in a press briefing. “We are making every effort to ensure that our laws are stringent. They are prepared to make sure our law enforcement has the resources they need. ,

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