President Biden has said he was “shocked” by Monday’s mass shooting, which killed six people and injured two dozen others during a Fourth of July parade outside Chicago.
,[First lady] In a statement released by the White House, the president said, “Jill and I are shocked once again by the senseless gun violence unleashed on an American community this Independence Day.” “As always, we are grateful to the first responders and law enforcement at the scene.”
Biden said he had spoken to Illinois Democratic Governor JB Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering and offered the federal government’s “full support.”
“I also extended federal law enforcement to aid in the immediate search for the shooter, who remains at large at the moment. Members of the community should follow guidance from the leadership on the ground, and I will be monitoring closely as we are among those people.” Let’s learn more about those who have lost their lives and pray for those who are seriously injured in the hospital,” the statement went on.
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 supermarket in what police called a racially motivated shooting. On May 24, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Rob’s Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The twin tragedies prompted Congress to pass new gun control legislation, which Biden signed into law on June 25. The measure calls for increased background checks on potential gun buyers under the age of 21 and provides millions of dollars for states to promote and enact mental health services. So-called “red flag” laws allow family members or law enforcement to take away individuals’ firearms in petition courts if they are deemed a threat.
“I recently signed into law the first major bipartisan gun reform law in nearly thirty years, which includes actions that will save lives,” said Biden, who called on Congress to ban so-called assault weapons or buy one. Called for raising the legal age. 18 to 21.
“But there is much more to do, and I will not stop fighting the gun violence epidemic.”