(WNY News Now) – Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her condolences for the victims of the racially-motivated mass shooting in Jacksonville, while drawing parallels to past tragedies and calling for proactive measures against gun violence.
Albany- In the wake of yet another racially-motivated mass shooting, Governor Kathy Hochul offered her sympathies to the grieving families and community of Jacksonville. The tragic incident, which left a trail of death and devastation, prompted Governor Hochul to highlight the somber familiarity of such events. Drawing a disheartening connection to the Buffalo massacre that took the lives of ten residents last year, she emphasized the shared elements of racism-fueled violence, lethal firearms, and shattered communities.
Governor Hochul underscored New York’s response to the Buffalo tragedy, pointing to crucial legislative actions taken to curb gun violence. Measures such as increasing the age requirement for purchasing semiautomatic rifles, fortifying red flag laws, and compelling social media platforms to enhance their handling of hateful content were cited as vital steps toward preventing future acts of terror.
In a firm call to action, the Governor urged Florida’s leaders to follow New York’s example and implement similar strategies to address the pervasive issue of gun violence. As yet another American city grapples with the aftermath of a horrific incident, Governor Hochul’s words serve as a reminder of the collective responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of communities nationwide.