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Kamala Harris visits Chicago after the Highland Park shooting

Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to visit Chicago Tuesday — a day after Monday’s mass shooting that killed at least six people and injured dozens more in a northern suburb of the crime- and violence-torn city.

“I’ll be traveling to Chicago tomorrow morning to address the National Association of Educators — NEA,” Harris told reporters after visiting firefighters in Santa Monica, California.

Harris did not say if she would visit victims of the July 4 shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, about 25 miles north.

“Part of what I’m preparing – unfortunately I’ve prepared beforehand but it resonates every day – is a whole section about what our teachers are going through. They go to school to learn how to teach our children to inspire their ambition to create the future generations of leaders, and our teachers are also in training to handle an active shooter,” Harris said.

“Our teachers need to learn how to tourniquet a child when they’ve been shot. So when we look at the issue of gun violence and the dangers it poses to communities, they are very diverse and should be taken very seriously.”

The trip was announced on Friday before filming began.

Police have not yet identified a suspect in the mass shooting but are looking for a white man with long dark hair, aged 18 to 20.

Police are still searching for the person who opened fire during a July 4th celebration in Highland Park, Chicago.
Police are still searching for the person who opened fire during a Fourth of July celebration in Highland Park, Illinois.
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According to police statistics as of June 19, crime in Chicago, led by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is up 34% this year compared to 2021 this year.

President Biden was scheduled to host an Independence Day celebration on the White House lawn Monday night before watching fireworks over the National Mall.

In a written statement, Biden said he was “shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day.”

Police officers walk around a crime scene after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.
Police officers walk around a crime scene after a shooting at a Fourth of July parade July 4, 2022 in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Biden added, “I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in nearly thirty years that includes measures that will save lives. But there is still work to be done and I will not give up the fight against the gun violence epidemic.”

The bipartisan reform bill aimed, among other changes, to introduce broader background checks for people between the ages of 18 and 21 — after 18-year-old suspects used AR-15-style semi-automatic rifles to murder 10 people at a Buffalo grocery store and 21 at a Buffalo grocery store in May People at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

The Highland Park tragedy follows the vehicle attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, in November that killed six people. The suspect in that attack, Darrell Brooks, is charged with first-degree murder.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/04/kamala-harris-to-visit-chicago-after-highland-park-parade-shooting/ Kamala Harris visits Chicago after the Highland Park shooting

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