Kamal Harris Says US Faces ‘Epidemic of Hate’ After Jacksonville Shooting

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris stated there was an “epidemic of hate” following the recent shooting in Jacksonville, Fla.

During her speech at the UnidosUS 2023 Annual Conference on Monday, July 24, 2023, in Chicago, Harris said that there were many communities in which violent extremism has torn apart and that this hatred has led to many parents and grandparents mourning their children. As she pointed out, many Black Americans have to live every day with the fear that they might become gun violence victims, whether at their school, place of worship, workplace, or while running errands.

On Saturday, a white gunman visited a store near a historically Black University and killed three Black People. According to the man’s manifestos, local authorities have stated that the incident was “racially motivated.”

Harris argued for the right to live in a community safe from gun violence. This is why they need to push Congress to ban assault weapons and introduce common-sense gun laws to help protect communities against gun violence. The gunman on Saturday had used a handgun and an assault-style rifle.

As she pointed out during her remarks, the shooting had occurred on the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington. She added that federal law enforcement had launched a civil rights probe into the shooting, treating it as a hate crime.

On Monday, President Biden also stated that the shooting on Saturday had been “reportedly fueled by hate-filled animus.”

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