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— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) July 4, 2022
Vice President Kamala Harris, addressing a National Education Association meeting in Chicago, renewed calls for a ban on assault weapons in the United States pic.twitter.com/HQJJQAVPw1
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 6, 2022
… “We’ve got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what, in particular assault weapons,” said Harris, who was joined by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and other Democratic politicians. “And we’ve got to take this stuff seriously. The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this could happen anywhere in any peace-loving community. And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.”
Earlier in the day, Harris called for reinstituting a national assault weapon ban…
A few hours later, in a short speech given in the heart of Highland Park, Harris offered condolences from President Joe Biden.
“You know that you have a whole nation that cares deeply about you, and stands with you. This is an incredibly tight community. I know that,” Harris said. “And this person will be brought to justice, but it’s not going to undo what happened. And we’re here for you and we stand with you.”
Just hours before Harris visited Highland Park, Gov. J.B. Pritzker advocated for a state-level ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines while also calling for similar action on a federal level.
“We urgently need federal regulation on the weapons of war and high capacity magazines that are used only for mass murder,” Pritzker said in a statement. “Illinois is not an island, and even with … some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, our state is only as safe as the state with the weakest laws — many of which border Illinois.”…
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