Assemblywoman Judy Griffin Condemns White Supremacist Attack in Buffalo, Demands Action

Rockville Centre, N.Y. Assemblywoman Judy Griffin (D-Rockville Centre, 21st District) condemned the White supremacist shooting in Buffalo: "I am absolutely horrified by the tragic, racially motivated massacre at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York today. Right now, law enforcement believes this tragic act of hate and domestic terror was allegedly committed by an 18-year-old White supremacist. At least 10 people were murdered and 3 people were wounded by the detained suspect. The victims, their families, responding law enforcement, and all the people of Buffalo are in my prayers - including my colleague that represents them, Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. I am thankful law enforcement was on the scene within minutes to prevent even more deaths, but it shows how quickly human lives can be taken by weapons designed only to kill.

Investigators have made clear they believe this Buffalo community was targeted by a White supremacist who drove hours just to murder and harm innocent people and devastate their families. My heart goes out to all these anguished families who are suffering the incomprehensible loss of a loved one right now – and especially to the family of the heroic retired police officer killed after shooting the suspect, who was protected by his military-grade armor.

The alleged shooter was heavily armed, had tactical gear, and a mounted camera live-streaming this attack. Thoughts and prayers don’t meet this moment. We need federal action on gun control, we need New York State authorities to be able to arrest anyone found with even one unlicensed or illegal gun, we need better programs to support the victims of crimes and their families as they recover in the aftermath, and we need to stand united as New Yorkers who believe diversity is truly our strength.

We will not be divided by hate."