U.S. House Passes Domestic Terrorism Bill In The Wake Of Buffalo Mass Shooting

U.S. House Passes Domestic Terrorism Bill In The Wake Of Buffalo Mass Shooting

 “an act of racially-motivated violent extremism.”

While the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 bill was passed, it still needs to go to the Senate for consideration, where its fate is uncertain. Although Democrats control the House and the Senate, their majority in the Senate is not sufficiently large enough for them to enact most legislation on a party line vote. According to reports, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 is designed to,

 “expand the availability of information on domestic terrorism”

while also doing the same for the

“relationship between domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois–who spearheaded the bill–had this to say:
“We in Congress can’t stop the likes of (Fox News host) Tucker Carlson from spewing hateful, dangerous replacement theory ideology across the airwaves. Congress hasn’t been able to ban the sale of assault weapons. The rise of racially motivated violent extremism is a serious threat to Americans across the country.”
He continued,
“The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act is what Congress can do this week to try to prevent future Buffalo shootings — to prevent future California shootings, future El Paso shootings, future Charleston shootings, future Pittsburgh shootings, future Wisconsin shootings. We need to ensure that federal law enforcement has the resources they need to best preemptively identify and thwart extremist violence wherever the threat appears.”
According to officials close to the investigation, 18-year-old Payton Gendron– who is suspected of opening fire at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday (May 14)– told authorities he was targeting the Black community. The alleged gunman made racial statements describing his motive. The statements were filled with hate toward the Black community. Investigators also discovered other information from search warrants and other methods indicating the alleged shooter was “studying” previous hate attacks and shootings.

Payton Gendron– Buffalo, NY mass shooter

Officials say the “Replacement Theory”–which is a racist ideology that alleges white people and their influence are being intentionally “replaced” by people of color through immigration and higher birth rates–may have been another motivating factor in Saturday’s mass shooting. This theory is often echoed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has been receiving a lot of backlash in the wake of the mass shooting.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole