President Biden and First Lady Visit Buffalo Memorial After Mass Shooting

May 17, 2022

Story by Dominique Hanson; Photo by ​​Andrew Harnik/ AP

After the supermarket mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden payed a visit to the memorial site where a white supremacist targetted black people, killing 10.

While in Buffalo, the two will meet with the families of the victims along with community leaders and first responders. According to a White House official who spoke to CNN, Biden is expected to condemn the shooting as "terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation.”

Because his stance on gun violence was one of his main platforms while running for President, President Biden will soon be discussing his plan to protect all Americans, despite ongoing gun issues and the lack of gun control in the country.

In its current investigation, US Attorney General Merrick Garland is identifying the shooting as an act of racially motivated violent extremism. It is being carried out by the US Department of Justice and the FBI.

This year alone, almost 200 mass shootings have occurred in the country. The Gun Violence Archive identifies a mass shooting as one where 4+ people, not including the shooter, are shot.