CAPAC Members Condemn White Supremacist Mass Shooting in Buffalo, NY

May 16, 2022

Washington, D.C. — In the wake of the tragedy in Buffalo, NY this past Saturday, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statements:

CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27):

“I was devastated and heartbroken when I heard of the racist mass shooting carried out in the heart of the Black community in Buffalo, New York this past Saturday. My heart goes out to the loved ones of Roberta A. Drury, Margus D. Morrison, Andre Mackneil, Aaron Salter, Geraldine Talley, Celestine Chaney, Deacon Heyward Patterson, Katherine Massey, Pearl Young, Ruth Whitfield, as well as the entire Buffalo community. I firmly condemn this egregious act of white supremacy backed by a hate-filled agenda. Over the years, we have seen an uptick in acts of violence across our nation and the time is now for Congress to quit stalling and address it there must be action to ensure survivors and the families of loved ones lost receive justice. My colleagues and I stand in solidarity with the Black community and communities of color nationwide during this difficult time.”

Congresswoman Grace Meng (NY-06), CAPAC First Vice-Chair:

“I am shocked, devastated and outraged over the horrific mass shooting that took place in my home state. This racist attack is disgusting, despicable and cowardly, and the perpetrator must swiftly face justice. Bigotry, hate and violence have no place anywhere in our society. Doing everything possible to root out this evil wherever and whenever it rears its ugly head must continue to be a top priority for our country. In addition, we must continue efforts to end the scourge of gun violence, enacting tougher gun laws and making sure that firearms are not in the hands of those who should not possess them. The Senate must pass common-sense gun safety legislation that the House has already approved. Gun violence is an epidemic, and it cannot be ignored. Innocent lives have been lost, families have been destroyed, and communities have been devastated. As my fellow New Yorkers in Buffalo reel from this massacre, I continue praying for the victims and their families, and all of the communities impacted. The Asian American community stands with them, and all our brothers and sisters in the Black community at this difficult time.”

Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), CAPAC Second Vice-Chair:

“The vile, racially motivated act of domestic terrorism in Buffalo, New York, is the result of radicalized right-wing extremists fueled by the ‘great replacement theory’ and enabled by Republican lawmakers who refuse to address the threat this has on our communities and our country. I was disgusted to learn the horrific details of this mass shooting and I hope the attacker is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But, it’s not enough to continue responding to these attacks – we must prevent them from occurring in the first place. I’m grieving with the loved ones of those whose lives were taken and thinking of those who were seriously injured.”

Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33), CAPAC Whip:

“My heart goes out to the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Buffalo and their families. This was a purely evil, racist hate crime that took the lives of ten beautiful souls and injured three others. Eleven of the people shot were Black, and evidence shows the suspect was allegedly motivated by a vile and false conspiracy theory known as ‘replacement theory.’ I strongly urge my GOP colleagues to immediately condemn this racist theory relied upon by the Buffalo murderer. It should not be difficult for elected officials to condemn white nationalism. We must remember, America is great because of its diversity. At the end of the day, we are all Americans. As we mourn the victims of this tragic shooting, we as CAPAC strongly denounce this act of hate and continue the fight for a nation free from hate violence.”

Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-03):

“This weekend we saw yet another tragedy as a result of hate and violent extremism in America. We cannot grow numb to this sickness. We cannot let hate be normalized. We cannot simply accept mass murder and gun violence as routine. We need common sense gun violence prevention laws so no more mothers, fathers, sisters, or brothers are lost due to hatred at the end of the barrel of a gun. From Charleston to Orlando and Atlanta to Buffalo, our country mourns for those lives lost.  As an Asian American, I am proud to stand side-by-side with leaders of all different faiths, ethnicities, races and beliefs to unequivocally reject hate and commit ourselves to building a community of support through healing, empathy, tolerance and understanding.”

Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-06):

“This weekend’s horrific shooting in Buffalo is another unconscionable act of violence – a racist hate crime fueled by the fires of extremism and bigotry. Our Sacramento community stands with the people of Buffalo, praying for the victims and their families during this time of immense sadness. In the wake of this senseless violence, we must be unwavering in our denouncement of any racist actions, hate crimes, or spreading of such vile ideology in our nation. We must root out hate and discrimination from the deepest places in our society. The scourge of gun violence must be swept from our communities – too many lives have been cut short, families torn apart. We can and must pass common sense gun safety and community violence prevention legislation that will save American lives.”