American Sikh Council (ASC) appalled at mass murder in Buffalo, NY

Payton S. Gendron (Credit ABC News)

The American Sikh Council (ASC) is shocked by the horrendous crimes committed against thirteen innocent victims who were shopping and some employed at the Tops supermarket in Buffalo, NY on May 14, 2022 at approximately 2:30 pm.

Apparently, the gunman killed 10 people and wounded three others at the Tops Friendly Markets store in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Buffalo, NY. Officials state, that eleven of the people who were shot were Black and two were White. According to the Buffalo police, victims’ range in age from 20 to 86. Among the deceased was a former police officer who tried to stop the shooter.

A spokesperson for the Erie County medical Center stated, that two people remain hospitalized in stable condition.

The shooter has been identified as Payton S. Gendron, an 18-year-old from Conklin, NY, who purportedly wrote a 180-page White supremacist manifesto online, and then traveled about 200 miles to the store while livestreaming the mass murder.

ASC extends its deepest condolences to the victims and their families of those involved in Saturday afternoon’s murderous spree at the Tops Friendly Market.

Saturday’s attack is supposed to be the worst mass shooting this year in our nation and mass shooting events occur frequently with no end in sight.

Less than a day after the attack in New York state, one person was killed and five were injured in a shooting at a church in Laguna Woods, Orange County, California.

According to news reports, the gunman was a Chinese immigrant apparently motivated by hatred for Taiwanese people. The congregants tackled the gunman and hogtied him by using an extension cord. A young physician charged the gunman to save others and died in the bargain. The injured range from 66 to 92 and mostly men.

In a space of two days, two mass murder events have taken place across the country. The white supremacist ideology and a general heightened sense of hate rhetoric of minorities cannot be tolerated.

All communities regardless of their faith, must come together to force our legislatures to take action against the use of semi-automatic weapons. It is a travesty that the greatest nation has the most random mass murders in the western hemisphere with no end in sight. Our nation’s leaders need to seriously consider more comprehensive background checks and possibly a psychological exam, before any sale of assault weapons and standardize the law to mitigate this ongoing mayhem. 

American Sikh Council (ASC) Vice-President Dr. Manbir Singh stated, “Our deepest condolences to the victims and their families. All concerned Americans of all traditions and backgrounds must unite for sensible gun legislation, because there is no guarantee that any one of us could not be the target for the next random killing.”

We implore and hope that all Americans help make a change to reduce the violence due to assault weapons brought about partly due to an overreaching gun culture. There must be a national debate to bring about a reasonable balance between our second amendment and the continuing violence at the ground level.

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