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unavenged we must punish the vile predator for to the fullest extent of the law. this white supremacist committed an act of domestic terrorism, specifically targeted a black community because of its rhetoric, such as a false white replacement theory pushed by the previous administration. mrs. cherfilus-mccormick: he was also empowered by social media went sites -- websites such as twitch and discord, which do not correctly filter his hate comments. we must watch the growing levels of hate and make sure such an act never happens again we need a national background check law to prevent radicalized individuals from getting their hands on military-style assault weapons. a single tragedy of this magnitude is a travesty, by allowing all of these shootings to become normal ietzed is a crime againstle.
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the speaker: the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> seek permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute -- the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, this past weekend my community of buffalo, new york, was ravaged by an act of domestic terror. a white supremacist used a weapon of mass destruction to brutally murder 10 black people who were just going about their business at tops market on jefferson avenue. three others were wounded. the victims were ages 32 through 86. they were mothers and grandmothers, they were fathers
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and grandfathers, they were young adults. they were good people of faith. a retired teacher and a retired police officer. mr. higgins: this premeditated act was planned to be broadcast to the world. on social media, showcasing this massacre as a playing out of a vile, racist fantasy. i rise today with my colleagues to honor those who have been lost and to honor them and to help heal our broken community. i urge all of my colleagues to think about what we can do to fight hate. we have the power through our words and our votes to promote civility, tolerance and kindness. and we have the choice to do better and to work together to fight we have the choice to do better and to fight evil and intolerance around us. today we bow our heads in silence, but tomorrow, tomorrow we raise our voices loudly against hate.
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i yield back. the speaker: the chair asks all members in the chamber as well as members and staff throughout the capitol to rise for a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the recent shooting in buffalo, new york.
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