Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise stop at the site of Monday’s July 4 mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, after making remarks in Chicago on Tuesday calling for stricter gun control laws.
Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff greeted local officials near where a gunman killed seven people taking part in the Fourth of July parade in suburban Chicago.
“We’re here to stand by you,” Harris told police and other officers near the crime scene. “And of course, as we always say — because it’s true — our prayers are with you.”
“There’s going to have to be a lot of healing that’s both physical and emotional,” the vice president continued. “There is no question that this experience will linger in trauma terms – so I urge all families and all individuals to seek the support you rightly deserve.”
The vice president called for stricter gun laws in the wake of the recent mass shooting.
“We need to be smarter as a country about who has access to what and specifically offensive weapons,” Harris said. “And we have to take this stuff seriously, just as seriously as you do, because you’ve been forced to take it seriously.”
She said people need to understand that “this can happen anywhere,” which is why “we should stand together and talk about why it needs to stop.”
Harris had just spoken at the National Education Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, where she spoke about the July 4th shooting, noted that “our nation still mourns the loss of these 19 babies and their two teachers in Uvalde” and — again – had called for an attack.
“This massacre was the latest reminder – in Uvalde – of the risks our children and our educators face every day,” she told teachers’ union members.
“Teachers shouldn’t have to practice barricading a classroom. Teachers shouldn’t have to know how to treat a gunshot wound. And teachers shouldn’t be told that lives would have been saved if they only had a gun,” Harris said, earning applause from those in attendance.
Vice President Kamala Harris made a surprise stop at the site of the July 4 mass shooting Tuesday night in Highland Park, Illinois
Vice President Kamala Harris shakes hands with police officers near where a gunman murdered seven who had gathered for the July 4th parade in a suburb of Chicago
Harris had just spoken at the National Education Association’s annual meeting in Chicago, where she discussed the July Fourth shooting and noted that “our nation still mourns the loss of these 19 babies and their two teachers in Uvalde.”
An attendee at the National Education Association’s 2022 annual meeting in Chicago on Tuesday holds up a sign supporting President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris (center right) and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) meet with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (center left) and Illinois Cook County Chief Executive Toni Preckwinkle (left) Tuesday on the tarmac at the O’ Hare International Airport in Chicago
She called the Highland Park shooting a “tragedy.”
“As we all know, yesterday should have been a day to gather with family and friends to celebrate our nation’s independence. Instead, this community suffered a violent tragedy. Children, parents, grandparents – victims of a senseless act of gun violence,” Harris said.
She said that she and Emhoff mourned the dead and prayed for those who survived.
“And I know we all mourn the life that has been forever changed in this community, including of course the students and teachers of this community who have suffered great losses,” Harris said.
“And I don’t have to tell NEA: we have to end this horror. We must stop this violence,” she continued. “And we must protect our communities from the terror of gun violence.”
“You know, I’ve said it before: Enough is enough,” the vice president added.
She pointed to the recent bipartisan gun control law – but said it doesn’t go far enough and called for the ban on assault weapons to be reinstated.
“You know, I’m going to talk in a moment about how you, as an educator, teach so much to the children. And you’re teaching the kids reason, among other things,” Harris said.
“So let’s talk about what an offensive weapon is designed for,” she continued. “An offensive weapon is designed to kill many people quickly.”
“There’s no reason we should have weapons of war on the streets of America,” she said. “We need sane gun safety laws!” she said to shouts and applause.
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