American Youth Got Arrested !! Terrorism Attack To Happen
Written by Surithi J Published on Mar 16, 2023 | 17:45 PM IST | 88
American incidents creates disgusting issues in every part of the world. On May 14, 2022, Peyton Gendron, an 18-year-old resident of Conklin, New York, drove 200 miles to Buffalo with the intention of killing as many Black people as possible. Gendron had meticulously planned the attack for months, choosing the Topps Friendly Market in Buffalo as his target. Armed with an AR-15 assault rifle and wearing heavy body armor, Gendron shot and killed four people in the parking lot of the grocery store before entering the store to continue his rampage.
The attack lasted only two minutes, during which Gendron streamed a live video of his heinous act. Thirteen people were shot, eleven of whom were Black, and two were White. Among the victims were a retired police officer who worked as a security guard at the supermarket and an 86-year-old shopper. Aaron Salter, the retired officer, fired multiple shots at Gendron, but the heavy body armor protected him.
After the attack, police arrested Gendron within hours. They found messages on his computer related to the “Great Replacement,” a far-right conspiracy theory that claims people of color are being brought into the U.S. to replace White Americans. Gendron’s attack was a hate crime, and he was charged with hate-motivated domestic terrorism, which carries a mandatory life sentence without parole.
In November of the same year, Gendron pleaded guilty to all charges against him, including acting despicably. He blamed the bigoted material he had read online for his actions and said that he didn’t want anyone to be impressed by what he did. During the hearing, Gendron expressed remorse for his actions, saying, “I did a terrible thing that day. I shot people because I was Black. Looking back now, I can’t believe I actually did it.”
While hearing the case on Wednesday, Erie County Circuit Court Judge Susan Egan called white supremacy “an insidious cancer” in American society. Handing down the life sentence, the judge said, “You can have no mercy, no understanding, no second chances. The damage you have caused is too great.” Gendron’s actions had caused irreparable harm to the victims’ families and the community at large.
The attack by Gendron is just one example of the growing threat of domestic terrorism in the United States. According to the FBI, the number of hate crimes in the country increased by 6% in 2021, with violent hate crimes rising by 16%. The majority of these hate crimes were motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry.
The rise in domestic terrorism is a significant concern for law enforcement agencies and policymakers. While the threat from international terrorism has decreased in recent years, the danger posed by domestic terrorism has increased. The problem is compounded by the fact that many of these terrorists are radicalized online, making it challenging for law enforcement agencies to identify and prevent attacks.
To address this growing threat, the U.S. government needs to adopt a comprehensive approach that involves working with social media platforms and other online services to identify and remove extremist content. Additionally, there needs to be greater investment in community-based initiatives aimed at countering radicalization and promoting social cohesion.
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