Hochul Calls for More Investigation Into ‘Social Media’ After Buffalo Attack – Opinion

Officials from Buffalo held a news conference Sunday about the Saturday shooting at Tops Market.

Joseph Gramaglia was the commissioner of police and stated that there was no doubt that the shooting was racist hate crimes.

Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said he wouldn’t even mention the shooter’s name, calling him by his inmate number, “Inmate 157103,” and said that the “narrative should be” that they got him behind bars within five hours.

I think that wasn’t a use of the “narrative” as we often refer to it, but in response to anger from some in the community that the police should have shot the attacker. The police were asked why they didn’t shoot him, and they said because he gave up. The sheriff also praised the retired police officer, Aaron Salter, Jr, who confronted the shooter and shot him, but wasn’t able to take the shooter out because of his body armor. Salter was killed by the shooter.

An FBI official who was present at the Federal Investigation noted that Buffalo’s police responded to the incident saved many lives and took on someone wearing body armor.

Letitia James, the NY Attorney General called on people to stop expressing anger and move forward in love. She also said they will be continuing to “investigate social media” and that her office would be focused on that, as they have been “the last few months.”

Governor Kathy Hochul picked up on that tack, as well, saying they needed to look more into “social media” and algorithms to identify “hate speech.” She said they were going to be sitting down with social media companies to see if they were doing everything they could to shut down hate speech. She termed the attack “white supremacy terrorism.”

Hochul then used the moment to call for more laws against guns, saying Congress hadn’t done enough, while attacking the Supreme Court, claiming that they wanted to “roll back” laws. Hochul also said that Al Sharpton had offered to help with financial assistance for the victims’ funerals.

Does Hochul know Sharpton’s history, that she’s highlighting him so?

While the shooter was not on the FBI’s radar, the Buffalo police commissioner confirmed that there had been a prior “generalized threat” at his high school (Susquehanna Valley Central) last June. He was brought in by the State Police for a mental evaluation as a result.

Hochul was focusing on the factual aspects of the tragedy while the other officials tried to deal with it. However, Hochul wanted to take advantage of the situation to advance her political agenda against gun violence and make concerns about how social media is cracking down speech.

Yes, threats should be addressed on social media. However, law enforcement often fails to react to clear threats made by attackers in the past.

This case is an example. But there’s a difference between that and then having social media companies cracking down on speech that is not a direct threat.

We’ve already seen Democrats pushing troubling things like the Disinformation Governance Board. To Democrats, “hate speech” often seems to be applied to things that they don’t like or that go against their narrative. We already saw folks on the left using the shooting in Buffalo as a means to attack Tucker Carlson, because they want to try to shut down his show–not because he has anything to do with the incident–in a shameful political exercise to use such a tragedy.

Here’s the full press conference.


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