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Governor Hochul Blames Buffalo Massacre on 1st and 2nd Amendment



New York Governor Kathy Hochul saw a madman commit a terrible crime … and judged the Bill of Rights guilty.

A few days ago, some waste of skin killed 10 innocent people in a racially motivated attack in Buffalo, N.Y. Only a few hours later–while the victims’ bodies were still cooling–New York Gov. Hochul blamed the tragedy on our free Internet and our nation’s gun laws. Notably absent in her rant was the actual perpetrator, as well as the people who knew the perpetrator was a danger to society and permitted him to walk free. Rather than allowing our judicial and law enforcement system to do its work, she called for government restrictions on social media and the right to keep and bear arms. It’s a tactic so common among anti-gunners that you can set your watch by it, but that doesn’t make it any less disgusting. It’s a naked ploy to leverage America’s shock and horror at the evil displayed by the murderer against our most cherished freedoms. The National Shooting Sports Foundation‘s Larry Keane has everything you need to know.


MAY 17, 2022


By Larry Keane

The horrifying murders of 10 innocent lives in Buffalo, New York, by a racist hate-filled young man raises questions of why and how this criminal was able to commit crimes that defy understanding.

New York’s Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul didn’t waste a moment in calling for strict nationwide gun control laws. She made wild assumptions that the murderer obtained magazines from states other than New York. She later recanted this claim admitting she did not know where or how he obtained the magazines in his possession.

“We have some of the toughest laws in America on the books here, but the guns are coming in from other states or the enhanced magazine, which is exactly what happened here, the high-capacity magazine that led to the slaughter of people in my hometown,” Gov. Hochul told Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday show. “So, we are dealing with it on the gun side but also on the social media side. And the combination of the wild access to guns, unfettered, we need national laws to deal with this as well as the unfettered sharing of hate information on the internet, that is a lethal combination. We saw that on display here just hours ago yesterday.”

That wasn’t the case at all. Gov. Hochul should have instead waited for the facts. The murderer legally purchased the New York-compliant firearm used in his crimes after passing an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification. He illegally altered and modified the firearm. There was nothing in his criminal or mental health record that would have flagged him as a prohibited individual. Later reports revealed that there should have been.

Missed Opportunities

The murderer was previously known to law enforcement. Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia told media the New York State Police verified that troopers responded to Susquehanna High School in Conklin, N.Y., “to investigate a report that a 17-year-old student had made a threatening statement.” The N.Y. State Police spokesperson did not identify the subject by name but said there was no target associated with the threat.

Commissioner Gramaglia added, “They investigated. They interviewed the subject, and they felt it was appropriate at that time to have that individual brought in for a mental health evaluation.”

The murderer was held for a day-and-a-half for a mental health evaluation but was subsequently released.

“As far as when we say ‘On the radar,’ there was nothing picked up on the state police intelligence, nothing that was picked up on the FBI intelligence,” Commissioner Gramaglia said. “Nobody called in. Nobody called any complaints.”

That’s despite reports that the murder made pointed and specific threats to the school and community less than a year ago.

“A school official reported that this very troubled young man had made statements indicating that he wanted to do a shooting, either at a graduation ceremony, or sometime after,” a government official familiar with the case told the Buffalo News.

“FBI officials confirmed the shooter allegedly wanted to commit a murder/suicide at the graduation of his high school in 2021 and was taken into custody by the New York State Police and given a mental evaluation,” ABC News reported.

A mental health evaluation alone isn’t enough to list someone as a prohibited individual, which would have flagged the murderer in the FBI’s NICS. The murderer, at the time of this investigation less than a year ago, was never brought in front of a judge for a mental health adjudication. Nor was he ever referred to law enforcement as being a danger to himself or others and subject to an Extreme Risk Protection Order, or “red-flag” law that New York has in place for just these sort of circumstances. Either would have prevented the murderer from obtaining his firearm.

Gun Control Fail

Gov. Hochul wasn’t alone in her calls for immediate, knee-jerk gun control calls without having all the facts. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted the need to “pass commonsense gun safety measures.” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) tweeted for gun control support, writing, “We are not powerless to help end this reoccurring violence unique to our nation. Reach out to organizations organizing to stop it; help bring about change.” He added a list of gun control groups.

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) ran quickly with half-truths, parroting gun control talking points even when the facts of the tragedy didn’t align.

“You have to be 21 to buy a pistol in this country,” Rep. Kinzinger wrote on Twitter. “Can we all at least agree we should raise the age to 21 for ARs as well? Shouldn’t everyone have a background check? I think so. These are 90% issues, do it now and keep debating the rest.”

The sickening truth is that the alleged murderer chose to commit his crimes with this specific firearm to gain media notoriety. He allegedly wrote in his purported manifesto, “The effect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide, and the changes to gun laws that will be pushed will all help my case.”

He also allegedly indicated that he specifically chose to commit his terrible crimes in an area he believed his victims would be disarmed. He referenced New York’s strict gun control laws.

“Plus NY has heavy gun laws so it would ease me if I knew that any legally armed civilian was limited to 10 round magazines or cucked firearms.”

Citizens Reject Gun Control

Not every New Yorker is buying more gun control to protect them from deranged racist murderers. One Buffalo resident told Fox News, “It’s ridiculous. Something has to change. If more people were armed – and knew what they were doing with a gun – because it’s not the gun. It’s the person with the gun that don’t know how to act.”

Gov. Hochul and her fellow gun control politicians will likely press forward with gun control measures. They’ll do so with the mantra of “doing something” to protect their communities. Sadly, it is clear that gun control measures are disarming law-abiding citizens. Their gun control laws are leaving innocent people vulnerable to the most evil in society who have no respect for the law – or life.



  1. Tim Toroian

    June 2, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Booker, you putz, what is common sense, anything a Democrat says? If you want “common” sense get together with us and discuss the situation. WHAT IN HELL do you expect when you make a hard statement and tell the other guy he’s a pig if he doesn’t go along. I can’t post what I actually think of you and it has NOTHING to with Race. Stupid is gender and ethically neutral.

  2. Lee

    May 20, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    The murderer was born and raised in New York? A product of failing politicians and spineless Governor who would believe to punish all gun owners instead of rounding up the would be murderer and punishing him. Protect the rights of the growing criminal population of New York. Treat the people who threaten and make claims of wanting to kill others with kid gloves…truly impotent meat bags. No soul. Only coarse, solidified egos, living in their meat bag addicted to money and power of office. Impotent as decent humans.

  3. nathan h fryer

    May 20, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    It appears that GOV. HOCHUL has broken her oath of office…She swore to uphold the constitutional laws of the the United States as well as the state of New York..
    As far as her statement saying it’s the fault of our 1st & 2nd amend…
    We the people say;”Your Fired”

    • Laddyboy

      May 20, 2022 at 2:44 pm


  4. Todd Canipe, Retired E-6, USAF

    May 20, 2022 at 11:27 am

    “If we sacrifice Freedom and Liberty for Security Tyranny results! If we give up our freedom and liberty for the sake of Security, then we deserve neither!” Benjimen Franklin, 1781.

  5. Lawrence Greenberg

    May 20, 2022 at 10:02 am

    “Governor Hochul Blames Buffalo Massacre on 1st and 2nd Amendment”

    And of course, like the Leftist totalitarian dictator wannabe that she is, let’s just throw our Constitution out the window on her say so. Right…

  6. tim

    May 19, 2022 at 5:45 pm


  7. Lawrence Greenberg

    May 19, 2022 at 5:20 pm

    Interesting how it is The First and Second Amendments most hated and most feared by the Communists – er, I mean the Democrats. Those two amendments were listed first by The Founders for the simple reason that it is those two that are most essential to protecting and preserving our freedom, something the Left wants to bring to an end. So the Left is working very hard to end the rights guaranteed by those two amendments.

  8. porterv

    May 19, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    The shooter was a NY resident who committed a crime in NY. The shooter is a leftist with a history of mental problems (a leftist with mental problems: again). The problem is the inept, incompetent Democrat government in NY.

    • Lawrence Greenberg

      May 19, 2022 at 5:14 pm

      100% correct. Every word.

  9. Old wolf

    May 19, 2022 at 3:35 pm

    Funny how the 1st & 2nd amendment are worse then the way the democrats and schools screw with kids heads , that they shoot up places and kill . Same old story never amitt to any thing and always blame someone else. It’s the democrat way

  10. Cliff

    May 19, 2022 at 2:05 pm

    Democommunists ALWAYS blame everything else but themselves. In MY opinion, if the TRUTH was known, this “shooter” was probably hired,and trained by FBI operatives then coerced, to enact this “false flag event” to do their “dirty work FOR them.
    Seems every time the communists are trying to push more “gun control laws’ OR CENSOR “free speech” an “EVENT” miraculously occurs to “prove” their “case”. ANYONE ELSE SEE THE “PATTERN”???
    Californis just went through exactly the same “scenario”, as they too are trying to shove more “gun laws” through.

    • GomeznSA

      May 20, 2022 at 2:36 pm

      “blame everything else” – THAT sums it up quite well. They NEVER place the blame squarely on the dirt bags that commit the horrific acts. It is like they simply are unable to do anything else, or maybe it is simply part of their greater plan to totally make no one accountable for their personal acts.

  11. Bemused Berserker

    May 19, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Just like every other shooting, we find out the shooter was a person of interest to the authorities, and every single time, they should have been flagged, but the authorities violated the law in not flagging them.
    So when do the authorities pay the price for not following the law?

  12. GomeznSA

    May 19, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Same old slander of millions who had nothing to do with what a single evil person did or the tool he used. Apparently the concept of holding a person accountable and responsible for their actions is anathema to the anti gun crowd. Nah, so much easier to place the blame on the object and/or those who weren’t there.

  13. VIETNAM VET 67-68

    May 19, 2022 at 12:40 pm


  14. Mack

    May 19, 2022 at 11:52 am

    What a surprise, irresponsible no common sense liberals blaming not having enough laws to prevent the lawless, the mentality sick, just plain evil people from doing what they do. The lawless aren’t obeying the numerous restrictions on guns we already have, lets add more they will not obey, dim dems answer. Democrats need to get some adults with the ability to reason in their party instead of the excuse makers, blamers, and whiners that are now running the dem party

  15. Carbine Williams

    May 19, 2022 at 11:04 am

    I have a Remington 760 BDL Gamemaster in .270 caliber with a 10 round mag. It has at least twice the power of a 5.56 semi rifle. I can pump ten rounds in about 20 seconds and then reload. This is a hunting rifle same or similar to the rifle used in the massacre .Now if the government would have caught on to the signs given off by the murderer instead of bad mouthing the internet and the second amendment this might not have happened. As long as you keep electing Liberals America will never be safe.

  16. LMB

    May 19, 2022 at 10:39 am

    How many times has the FBI or other law enforcement dropped the ball, that would have prevented this lunatics actions?!

  17. Tom T

    May 19, 2022 at 10:23 am

    More proof that liberals and intelligence are too often mutually exclusive terms

  18. Jim

    May 19, 2022 at 10:20 am

    Typical knee jerk reaction and fearmongering before the facts come out.

  19. Stephen

    May 19, 2022 at 10:03 am

    Liberals… Because even God can’t fix stupid! If 21 is to be the norm here then 21 should be the norm for Military service as well. If 18 is good enough for the gov’t to train to fight and die in some far off land, then it damn well should be OK for the civilian world as well! Also if taught at a young age to respect firearms, there would not be a problem…

  20. Rodney

    May 19, 2022 at 10:03 am

    What an Idiot Supremous

  21. JT

    May 19, 2022 at 9:56 am

    I don’t think leftist has anything to do with this, it’s common sense and she’s the definition of Moron!!

    • Todd L Canipe, Retired E-6, USAF Veteran

      May 20, 2022 at 11:19 am

      You are absolutely right! Nailed it perfectly!!

  22. Boz

    May 19, 2022 at 9:49 am

    When tyrants tried to mess with George Washington…..he shot them. That is what leftist chi-com tyrants fear now, otherwise we’d already be eating with chopsticks by now.

  23. Thomas Goss

    May 19, 2022 at 9:49 am

    This governor like ALL democrats don’t know anything about the true problems in this country… and that is them. EVERY democrat should be voted the hell out of office before there is no more United States of America.

  24. Mort

    May 19, 2022 at 9:46 am

    OK,, so let’s hear her explain why NYC murder rate is SO high WIHOUT their 2nd Amendment rights

  25. Nyghtmyst

    May 19, 2022 at 9:44 am


  26. David DiFabio

    May 19, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Well based on the new Governors position on the 1st and 2nd amendment, looks like the Chinese have finally got their mole in as a governor. This woman is a moron! Oh, you all know that because she is a leftist.

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