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President Joe Biden visited the families of the victims in the Buffalo shooting on Tuesday. Prior to his departure from Buffalo, he took some questions from the media.

First, Biden said he told the families that they will be in pain for a long while.


“But they will get to the point where something — they’ll open a closet door or they’ll ride by a park or they’ll eat their favorite ice cream, and they’ll think of the person they lost and they’ll smile before they cry,” he said. “And that’s when they know you’re going to make it. Until then, you’re not sure. But it will happen.”

Biden was then asked if he believes certain members of Congress, the Republican Party and Tucker Carlson deserve some blame for violent acts like this because they “echo” the replacement theory.

“I don’t think anybody who echoes a replacement is to blame — not for this particular crime,” Biden said. “But it’s for no purpose — no purpose except for profit and/or political benefit. And it’s wrong. It’s just simply wrong.”

Biden said there is “not much” he can do on guns via executive action.

“I’ve got to convince the Congress that we should go back to what I passed years ago,” he said.

Finally, Biden was asked if it is time for a domestic terrorism statute.

“We have enough laws on the books to deal with what’s going on now,” he said. “We just have to — we have to deal with it. Part of what the country has to do is look in the mirror and face the reality. We have a problem with domestic terror. It’s real.

“I know you don’t want to hear me — not you — people don’t want to hear me saying it. They say, ‘Well, he’s the President. He’s a Democrat. He’s…’ but that’s what the intelligence community has been saying; that’s what the military has been saying for a long time. There’s nothing we can do about this. Nothing to do about this.

“And, look, there is a lot of people, like this murder who committed this act, who are just deranged, who are susceptible, who are — who are just lost and don’t know what to do, and they’re easily taken — they’re easily sucked in. And it’s got to stop. We have to admit it. I don’t know why we don’t admit what the hell is going on.”

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