Highland Park shooting: Harris calls on Congress to ban assault weapons, ‘end this horror’ of gun violence

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Vice President Kamala Harris Tuesday condemned the Fourth of July capturing in Highland Park, Illinois, whereas calling on Congress to have “the braveness to behave” and renew the assault weapons ban to “finish this horror,” and shield communities throughout the nation from “the fear of gun violence.” 

The vp traveled to Chicago Tuesday along with her husband, Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff on the heels of a lethal weekend in Chicago—together with a capturing at a Fourth of July parade on the outskirts of the town in Highland Park that took the lives of seven and left over 30 injured.

The vp’s remarks got here originally of the Nationwide Schooling Affiliation 2022 Annual Assembly and Consultant Meeting on the McCormick Conference Heart.

“I wish to simply briefly, however importantly, deal with the tragedy simply miles away in Highland Park,” she stated originally of the assembly. “As everyone knows, yesterday ought to have been a day to come back along with household and mates to have a good time our nation’s independence. And as a substitute, that neighborhood suffered a violent tragedy.”


Vice President Kamala Harris.

Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Youngsters, mother and father, grandparents, victims, a mindless act of gun violence. And Doug, who’s right here with me, he and I, after all, we mourn, as you do for many who have been killed, and we pray for many who have been injured and all of us grieve, I do know for the lives which have ceaselessly modified in that neighborhood, together with, after all, the scholars and the lecturers of that neighborhood who’ve suffered nice loss.” 

“We have to finish this horror. We have to cease this violence. And we should shield our communities from the fear of gun violence,” the vp continued, including that the nation is “nonetheless mourning” the youngsters and lecturers killed in Uvalde, Texas, final month. 

Harris stated the Uvalde “bloodbath was the newest reminder in physique of the dangers that our kids and our educators face every single day.” 

“Lecturers shouldn’t need to observe barricading a classroom,” she stated. “Lecturers shouldn’t need to know easy methods to deal with a gunshot wound, and lecturers shouldn’t be advised that lives have been saved if solely you had a gun.” 

The vp stated that the Biden administration has “made some progress,” pointing to the bipartisan gun security invoice that President Biden signed, which strengthens background checks and closes “what we name the boyfriend loophole.” 

“And it consists of funding for psychological well being providers and college safety, however we have now extra to do–we have extra to do,” she stated. “And Congress must have the braveness to behave and renew the assault weapons ban.” 

The vp stated there may be “no motive that we have now weapons of conflict on the streets of America.” 

A photo combination of alleged July 4 shooter's parents, Bob Crimo and Denise Pesina.

A photograph mixture of alleged July 4 shooter’s mother and father, Bob Crimo and Denise Pesina.

“We’d like cheap gun security legal guidelines and we have to have Congress to cease defending these gun producers with the legal responsibility protect, repeal it, repeal it,” she stated. 

Authorities in Highland Park have arrested 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III in reference to the capturing.

The gunman opened fireplace on the 4th of July parade, killing Katherine Goldstein, 64, Irina McCarthy, 35, Kevin McCarthy, 37, Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, and Stephen Straus, 88, all from Highland Park, and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza of Morelos, Mexico, 78.


Police introduced Tuesday afternoon {that a} seventh sufferer has died of accidents sustained within the mass capturing. The id of the seventh sufferer has not been launched.

In an announcement Monday, Harris stated that, “on what ought to be a celebratory day with household and mates, we’re grieving the lives that have been taken in one other act of mindless gun violence.” 

Robert E. Crimo, 22, has been identified as a person of interest in the July 4th parade attack in Highland Park, Illinois in which at least six people were killed. 

Robert E. Crimo, 22, has been recognized as an individual of curiosity within the July 4th parade assault in Highland Park, Illinois by which at the very least six folks have been killed. 
(Highland Park Police Division)

Harris supplied prayers to the handfuls of people that have been hospitalized and for the family members of those that misplaced their lives, whereas thanking regulation enforcement and first responders who arrived on the scene and “undoubtedly saved lives.” 


Harris stated the capturing was “an unmistakable reminder that extra ought to be performed to deal with gun violence in our nation.” 

HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS - JULY 04: Law enforcement escorts a family away from the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Police have detained Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo III, 22, in connection with the shooting in which six people were killed and 19 injured, according to published reports.  

HIGHLAND PARK, ILLINOIS – JULY 04: Regulation enforcement escorts a household away from the scene of a capturing at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois. Police have detained Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III, 22, in reference to the capturing by which six folks have been killed and 19 injured, in response to revealed stories.  
((Picture by Mark Borenstein/Getty Photographs))


“President Biden not too long ago signed into regulation the primary main bipartisan gun reform laws in nearly 30 years — and we are going to proceed preventing to finish this mindless violence,” Harris stated. 

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