Son of Buffalo victim pushes Congress: ‘What are you doing?’
The son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman killed when a gunman opened fire in a racist attack on Black shoppers in Buffalo, New York,
challenged Congress Tuesday to act against the “cancer of white supremacy” and the nation’s epidemic of gun violence.
Garnell Whitfield Jr.’s emotional testimony comes as lawmakers are working furiously
to strike a bipartisan agreement on gun safety measures in the aftermath of back-to-back mass shootings.
Ten days after the shooting death of his mother and nine others in New York, another 18-year-old
gunman with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 school children and two teachers.
“What are you doing? You were elected to protect us,” Whitfield Jr. told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Is there nothing that you personally are willing to do to stop the cancer of white supremacy and the domestic terrorism it inspires?”
authority and influence to others that are willing to lead on this issue.