Biden blasts ‘senseless’ parade shooting in Highland Park, rushes feds to town

President Biden said he was “shocked” by Monday’s mass shooting that killed six people and injured two dozen others during a July 4 parade outside of Chicago.

“[First lady] Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day,” the President said in a statement released by the White House. “As always, we are grateful to first responders and law enforcement at the scene.”

Biden added that he has spoken with Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and offered the “full support” of the federal government.

“I have also called on federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who is currently at large. Members of the community should follow the guidance of local leadership and I will be watching closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who remain hospitalized with serious injuries,” the statement continued.

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Biden said he was “shocked” by the parade shooting that took place in Highland Park.
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Immediately after the shooting, Biden dispatched federal police to the area.
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The Highland Park shooting was the third major American massacre in two months.

Monday’s mass shooting was the third major American massacre in two months. On May 14, a gunman killed 10 black people at a Buffalo convenience store in what police called a racially motivated shooting. On May 24, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

The two tragedies prompted Congress to pass a new gun control law, which Biden signed into law on June 25. The measure calls for improved background checks on potential gun buyers under the age of 21 and provides states with millions of dollars to improve mental health services and enact so-called “red flag” laws that allow family members or law enforcement agencies to petition courts to have them have their firearms taken away from them if they are seen as a threat.

“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in nearly thirty years that includes measures that will save lives,” said Biden, who has called on Congress to ban so-called assault weapons or raise the legal age to purchase a gun from 18 until 21

“But there is still work to be done and I will not give up the fight against the gun violence epidemic.” Biden blasts ‘senseless’ parade shooting in Highland Park, rushes feds to town


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