Protests across the country in support of Native Americans have arisen following recent attacks

Demonstrators rallied and marched in Atlanta on March 20 following a spate of killings in three parts of Georgia. (Dustin Chambers of The Washington Post)


Finding a gun was as easy as going to a local hardware store. Passing the background check took a few minutes.

He then walked a short distance to Young’s Asian Massage, where a vigilant video obtained by The Washington Post shows that the suspect spent more than an hour before opening the fire. Within hours of buying a firearm on Tuesday, police said Robert Aaron Long, a white man, had shot and killed eight people - six of them Asians and all women.

Protests erupted across the country on Saturday as activists and officials linked the massacre in Atlanta to the escalation of violence against Asian Americans during the covid-19 epidemic. In Canatown, San Francisco, children drew chalk butterflies on the sidewalks to show the victims. In Atlanta, Senator Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.) Issued a proclamation of unity: "To our Asian brothers and sisters," he said, "we see it. And, most importantly, we will stand by you."

Meanwhile, a growing group of lawyers have called for a renewed state effort to combat gun violence, arguing that, amid growing discrimination, liberal gun laws make it much easier for a person to do something about his or her hatred.

Victims - Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng and Paul Andre Michels - are aged between 33 and 74. They involve a business manager for two days from his 50th birthday. A single mother struggling to raise her children. A veteran of the army. A woman who loved to dance.

Yet activists say the attack is tantamount to a pattern of racism and violence against Asian American women, as well as a widespread practice of gun violence.

"Time and time again you have seen some of the most vulnerable communities in the country threatened by the deadly problem of hate and the unruly supply of firearms," ​​said Peter Ambler, executive director of the gun control group presented by former ANC Gabby Giffords.

He listed the goals of the massacre motivated by apartheid: Latinos at Walmart in El Paso. Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Gay night club in Orlando. Black Church in Charleston, SC Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

Using data collected from the National Crime Victimization Survey, Ambler's organization found that 10,000 hate-related crimes involving the guns occur in the United States each year.

"A complex matrix of incompetence and failure" commits these crimes and fuels the growing hatred, Ambler said. "This is no longer tolerable."

Georgia has some of the world's most liberal gun laws. There is no time to wait for the purchase of firearms, a policy adopted by 10 regions and the District of Columbia. Like many other countries, it does not prevent people convicted of hate crimes from buying a weapon.

In Georgia, Prime Minister Michelle Au (D) has proposed a constitution that will close the backlog to include private arms sales and transfers, but she has not been able to get a committee hearing, she tweeted. In a private meeting with President Biden and Deputy President Harris on Friday, Au said, he also highlighted the need for general site inspection rules.

Georgia state attorney Sam Park, a Democrat and the only U.S. congressman in the United States, expressed outrage on Saturday that most of his citizens had been waiting in the polls for longer than Tuesday's assassination.

"This boy can get a gun, and the same day he exploded and was shot?" Said Park. "That won't be the community we live in."

Bee Nguyen, another Georgia representative, wrote on Twitter: “It was not a bad day. It was a brutal and violent crime that combines racism, discrimination against women, sexual violence, and liberal gun laws. ”

Nguyen was responding to a statement from Captain Office of Cherokee County Sheriff Jay Baker, who at a news conference on Wednesday described the suspect as a man "at the end of his career."

"Yesterday was a really bad day for him, and here's what he did,"

— Baker said

The statement sparked an uproar, with Internet experts later revealing a post on Facebook in which Baker promoted shirts calling the coronavirus a "RIGHT VIRUS FROM CHY-NA." Baker is no longer a spokesman for the case.

In a spate of more than a year in the wake of a spate of global gun-toting scandals and racist rhetoric and attacks on Asian people in the United States, lawmakers are now deliberating on a better way to end future violence.

Attorneys Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) And Sen.Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) introduced a bill that would require the Department of Justice to appoint an official to review all epidemic-related incidents reported to government or local officials. But previous legal efforts to strengthen the track record of hate crimes have been thwarted by Republicans, who have said existing laws are in place to punish crime.

The House of Representatives passed a law this month that would require a background check for all firearms buyers and give law enforcement more time to test people flagged for the inspection process. This would close the “Charleston space,” which helped the White supremacist buy a weapon that was used to kill nine black people.