BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — While in Buffalo Saturday, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the Jefferson Avenue Tops Markets location, where a white supremacist mass shooting took place just two weeks ago.
Footage from Harris’ visit to the supermarket can be viewed above.
Following her visit to the memorial outside Tops, she spoke to the press as she prepared to board Air Force Two.
I met with all the families and, first of all, to lose a loved one unexpectedly and because of such an extreme act of violence and hate — the tragedy of it is beyond description, and so first, I express our condolences, but also, when we think about what’s been happening — and you’ve heard me say it before — I really do think we need to look at the fact that this year alone, I’m told that we’ve had over 200 mass shootings. Over 200. We’re barely halfway through the year.”Vice President Kamala Harris
Harris then spoke of an “epidemic of hate,” how people are being targeted for who they are. She specified shootings in Buffalo, Atlanta, Orlando and Pittsburgh, in which Black people, Asian people, LGBTQ+ people and Jewish people, respectively, were targeted. She also addressed Tuesday’s massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 children and two adults.
“I think we all have to stand back and say, ‘Wait — enough. Enough is enough.’ A harm against any one of us is a harm against all of us,” she said. “We have to agree that if we are to be strong as a nation, we must stand strong — identifying our diversity as our unity — and that anyone who is trying to break that down is hurting us as a country and as individuals who should identify as one — as a country, as Americans.”
She then spoke about gun violence, saying the solution includes an assault weapons ban, and that assault weapons were designed for one purpose, “to kill a lot of human beings quickly.” She also discussed a need for background checks to prevent chaos.
“We are a society that is governed by rules, most of which were designed — those rules — at the very height of the purpose, to prevent against harm, to promote safety and to have a common order that we all agree a civilized society should agree to.”
Harris’ remarks from Air Force Two can be viewed in full below.