"From Brooklyn to Buffalo, New York is grieving today after yet another mass shooting stole a reported ten lives. I pray for the families who are experiencing immeasurable loss tonight. As we await more information, as we search for answers, we also know that this violence is senseless, that no answers will suffice in the face of the inexplicable.
"This week the CDC announced that 45,000 people were killed by gun violence in 2020, a tragic record and an indictment of our failures on all levels of government to combat this crisis and save lives. 45,000 lives lost and families devastated – a number so massive in scope that it can almost seem abstract, but the pain these families and communities feel is intense, acute, urgent.
"45,000, and ten more today at a supermarket in Buffalo. The threat of gun violence in our subways, our supermarkets, on our streets, will continue until we can finally, meaningfully address both the systems that enable individuals to perpetrate senseless violence and the weapons that enable such suffering."