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Buffalo shooting victim condemned gun violence in open letter published last year

One of the victims killed in a hate mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket on Saturday wrote an open letter last year calling for stricter gun control laws.

Katherine Massey, one of 10 people killed in a weekend slaughter by alleged white supremacist Peyton Gendron, was a local activist who sent a letter decrying gun violence to the Buffalo News, which published May 30 His missile was published on , 2021.

“The recent news story about the cousin of Erie County Legislator April Baskin—who was fatally shot near her district office—is another horrifying account of the escalating gun violence in Buffalo and several major US cities,” Macy, who was 72 when she was fatally shot, wrote in the piece, referencing a county legislator’s fatally shot cousin.

“There is a need for comprehensive federal action/legislation to address all aspects of this issue.”

Massey, who volunteered at schools and as secretary of his block association, wrote that universal background checks and a ban on assault rifles are not enough to stop gun violence and that legislators need to do more to crack down on out-of-state need to. arms smuggling.

“Two federal laws of longevity – which are continuing obstacles to law enforcement efforts to prevent and solve gun violence crimes – are the Tiart Amendment (introduced by the National Rifle Association) – and the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), Macy wrote.

A body lies in the parking lot of a supermarket on Saturday, May 14, 2022, where several people were killed in a shooting.
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Barbara Massey, Sister Of Shooting Victim Katherine Massey, On Sunday, May 15, 2022 In Buffalo, Ny
Barbara Massey, sister of shooting victim Katherine Massey, on Sunday, May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, NY.
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Investigator Buffalo, Ny.  I Work In A Supermarket Shooting Scene
Investigator Buffalo, NY. I work in a supermarket shooting scene
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People Gather Near Top Friendly Markets Supermarket After A Mass Shooting On Sunday, May 15, 2022.
After the mass shooting, people gathered near Top Friendly Markets supermarket.
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Massey Called On Congress To Pass Legislation That Would Remove Such Restrictions, But He Lamented That The Political Motivation To Do So Did Not Exist.
Massey called on Congress to pass legislation that would remove such restrictions, but he lamented that the political motivation to do so did not exist.
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“Both are intended to prevent lawsuits against firearms sellers and manufacturers for crimes committed with their products. Incredibly, the amendment requires the FBI to destroy all approved gun buyer records within 24 hours.

Massey called on Congress to pass legislation that would remove such restrictions, but he lamented that the political motivation to do so did not exist.

He pointed to a bill before the Senate that sought to repeal the Tiart Amendment, saying that after reading it twice, it was “sent …

Steve Carlson Brings Tears To His Eyes As He Speaks About His Former Neighbor Kat Massey Who Was Among The Victims Of A Shooting At A Supermarket In Buffalo, New York.
Steve Carlson cries as he speaks about his former neighbor, Kat Massey, who was killed in a mass shooting.
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People Pray Outside A Shooting Scene At A Supermarket On May 15, 2022 In Buffalo, Ny.
People pray outside a shooting site at a supermarket in Buffalo on May 15, 2022.
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A Man Has Been Detained After A Mass Shooting In The Parking Lot Of A Tops Supermarket.
A man has been taken into custody after a mass shooting in the parking lot of Topps supermarket.
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Police Officers Secure The Scene After A Shooting At The Tops Supermarket On May 15, 2022 In Buffalo, New York.
Police officers secure the scene after a shooting at Topps supermarket on May 15, 2022 in Buffalo, New York.
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Macy’s sister Barbara Mapes, 64, told The Post on Sunday that her brother worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield and often wrote opinions for local papers in Buffalo.

He was also known as a local civil rights activist.

“We lost a voice [Saturday], We lost a powerful, powerful voice,” former Erie County legislator Betty Jean Grant, who was friends with Macy’s for more than 20 years, told Buffalo News.

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“She was unapologetic to make sure our community was not overlooked.”

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