Biden Makes Remarks on Buffalo Mass Shooting at Annual Police Memorial Event

President Joe Biden makes remarks at the National Peace Officers' Memorial Service at the White House. Credit: YouTube/NBC News

On Sunday, President Joe Biden attended an annual event at the White House, the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which serves “mainly [to honor] the officers who recently made the ultimate sacrifice and pays tribute to all the fallen,” according to the Fraternal Order of Police website.

As he began his speech at the event, flanked on stage by wife Jill Biden, he made brief remarks about the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday afternoon, in which 10 people were killed of the 13 injured, which RedState covered in several articles since the story broke.

Before I begin, let me say a word about yesterday’s mass shooting in Buffalo.

A lone gunman, armed with weapons of war and a hate-filled soul, shot and killed 10 innocent people, in cold blood at a grocery store on Saturday afternoon.

Jill and I, like all of you, pray for the victims and their families and the devastating community.

Biden added that he has “been receiving updates from [his] team and the White House” on law enforcement developments on the shooting, and “close contact with the Justice Department.”

He continued:

We are still gathering the facts, but already the Justice Department stated publicly that it is investigating the matter as a hate crime, racially motivated act of white supremacy and violent extremism.

As they do, we must all work together to address the hate that remains a stain on the soul of America. Hearts are heavy once again, but resolve must never ever waiver.

Then as he moved into his prepared remarks for the memorial event, he said those in attendance understand this “better” than almost anyone, as the crowd was made up of “moms, dads, children, family members [of fallen officers], about how those folks in Buffalo feel today, when they got the call” that their loved ones had perished.

It’s as if you get pulled into a black hole in your chest, and there’s no way out.

Jill and I know [that] no memorial, no gestures can fill the void in the hearts they have now or that you who’ve lost someone feel as well.

Indeed, as we reported, coincidentally, a former Buffalo police officer, who was a hero and likely saved lives with his quick actions, lost his life in the tragic shooting.

You can watch Biden’s full remarks below: