On Tuesday, Joe Biden strongly denounced the “poison” of white supremacy and those helping to spread it after the racist massacre of 10 people on Saturday in Buffalo (Northeast). In this New York city, where a young man adept at conspiracy theorists such as the “Great Alternative” perpetrated a gun massacre on Saturday, the US president spoke of an act of “terror.” Joe Biden invoked this racist theory of the “Great Alternative”, very moved and deeply revered: “I call on all Americans to reject this lie and I condemn everyone who spreads it for power, votes, and money.”
“Those who profess to love America have given so much fuel to hate and fear,” the 79-year-old Democrat said again, without mentioning names or party affiliations. “This poison, this violence cannot be history of our time,” he pleaded, while the United States has seen several killings in recent years targeting African Americans, Jews, and Hispanics.
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Joe Biden began his speech with words of condolence to families: “The time will come when the memory of the disappeared will bring a smile to your lips before it brings tears to your eyes,” this president whose life has been filled with family promised the drama. He listed the names, noting that one of the victims was broken while buying “strawberries to make her favorite pastry,” and another wanted dessert for “family movie night,” where a father was murdered when he came to get a “birthday cake” for his little boy.
The US president was keen to give a brief account of a life that was put into the service of society and families, and he mentioned an old lady who went every day to take care of her husband in a nursing home, or that a supermarket supervisor had tried. Unsuccessfully arrested the killer. Previously, the US President and his wife, Jill Biden, had stopped at an impromptu memorial at the site of the murder.
Republicans oppose gun control
Under the dazzling sun, they advanced toward bouquets, words, and candles placed at the foot of a tree, in silence disturbed only by the breath of the wind and the clicks of cameras. Jill Biden put out a bunch of white flowers. Joe Biden, after removing his sunglasses, signed himself. On Tuesday, the president again called for gun regulation: “I’m not naive. I know tragedy will happen again (…) but there are things we can do. Storm our streets.”
The Democrat has long called for Congress to ban assault weapons — like the ones used on Sunday. That’s what New Zealand did after the racist massacre against mosques in Christchurch in 2019, a massacre also inspired by the alleged Buffalo killer, 18-year-old Payton Gendron. But Joe Biden has always faltered thus far in the face of Republican opposition hostile to any kind of regulation.
200 mass shootings
The Gun Violence Archive has counted more than 200 “mass shootings” in the United States this year, in which at least four people have been injured or killed. Including those committed on Saturday by this young white man, Payton Gendron, who before the massacre claimed he was a “fascist”, “racist” and “anti-Semitic” in a 180-page statement. Joe Biden recalled again on Tuesday that he decided to run for the White House because he could not bear to see the August 2017 far-right parade in Charlottesville (Virginia, South).
But since his election, he’s seen his inability to appease an America plagued by racial hatred and bloody with gun violence, he promised. Constrained by a very weak parliamentary majority, in the face of conservative states with broad powers, limited by a Supreme Court now firmly entrenched in the right, Joe Biden had to content himself with acting on the sidelines, for example by issuing decrees on marginal restrictions on firearms.