Harris spoke at the funeral of Ruth Whitfield, 누가 10 killed when a gunman opened fire in a grocery store 오월에 14. Authorities have said that the gunman, 백인은 누구인가, chose the grocery store because it’s in a predominantly Black neighborhood.
“I cannot even begin to express, our collective pain as a nation for what you are feeling in such an extreme way, to not only lose someone that you love, but through an act of extreme violence and hate,” 해리스 말했다. “And I do believe that our nation right now is experiencing an epidemic of hate.”
Harris said to applause that Scripture teaches about strength, and that strength is based on who “you lift up” rather than “who you beat down.”
“And it means then also, in that strength, understanding we will not allow small people to create fear in our communities that we will not be afraid to stand up for what is right, to speak up even when it may be difficult to hear and speak,” 그녀가 말했다.
She then connected the attack in Buffalo to other shootings across the country and most recently in 우발데, 텍사스 — where a gunman opened fire in an elementary school, 죽이는 19 children and two adults.
“There’s a through line, what happened here in Buffalo, 텍사스, 애틀랜타, 올랜도, what happened at the synagogues. So this is a moment that requires all good people who are loving people to just say we will not stand for this,” 그녀가 말했다.
“Enough is enough. We will come together based on what we all know we have in common and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear,” 그녀가 말했다.
She told the congregation that “We are strong in our belief about what is right and our determination to act, to ensure that we protect all those who deserve to be protected, that we see all those who deserve to be seen, that we hear the voices of the people and that we rise up in solidarity to speak out against this and to speak to our better angels.”
Harris’ remarks comes as President Biden spoke at the University of Delaware and highlighted the shooting in Uvalde.
“In the face of such destructive forces we have to stand stronger. We must stand stronger,” Biden told the audience. “We cannot outlaw tragedy, 알아, but we can make America safer. We can finally do what we have to protect the lives of the people and of our children.”
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi and The Associated Press contributed to this report.