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N.Y. Shootings -- Platform for Anti-Immigrant Bloggers

El Diario/La Prensa, Editorial, Staff Posted: Apr 04, 2009

The massacre that left 14 people dead yesterday is the latest devastating reminder that the flow of assault weapons remains a national crisis. The killing spree also drew hateful responses, ironically towards the victims of this shooting.

In downtown Binghamton, N.Y., at least one armed gunman walked into the American Civic Association, an organization that provides services for immigrants. Sadly, what should have been an opportunity and path towards fulfilling dreams of citizenship was turned into a nightmare.

The gunman fired away, killing people in a citizenship class. He is then believed to have killed himself after what appeared to a brief hostage situation.

Several people were hospitalized for wounds suffered during the shooting. But the attacks did not end there.

For some people, this tragedy was not a moment for compassion, but rather a chance to spew hate. Among the online comments posted on the Press&Sun Bulletin of Binghamton, for example:

Stop crying over spilled immigrants. There's plenty more where they come from.

The US does NOT belong to a bunch of angry Asian, Mexican, or Nigerian immigrants.

They ought to teach the black inner-city thugs how to shoot. A lot of our problems would be solved. Bring on the hate mail. Let's go!

These individuals shamefully turn a blind eye to the humanity of immigrants in any and every situation. This race baiting and immigrant bashing did not go unanswered. One disgusted commentator wrote, Once again--this race diatribe is pointless. This is a TRAGEDY that needs to be mourned, not a platform for hate.

Our hearts are with the families who now have to bury their loved ones. And our hope lies with the great majority of Americans who can see through the ugliness of backwards individuals.

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