Vice President Kamala Harris visited the scene of the mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on Tuesday evening, with reporters expressing their support for the community and urging the nation to “stand together and speak out” about gun violence. Why to stop
“We are here for you and we stand with you. And of course, as we always say, because it is true, our prayers are with you. The President and I and our administration have put in and will continue to put all the resources All the resources that the mayor, and the chief, and others need in terms of federal aid,” Harris said.
“There is a lot of healing to be had, which is both physical and emotional. There is no doubt that this experience is something that is going to stop in terms of trauma. And so I want to urge all families to do more All individuals – seek the help that you are right to serve,” Harris continued.
Harris also used part of his remarks to address gun safety in the United States.
“We have to be smart as a country, in terms of who has what, and in particular, weapons of attack. And we have to take this stuff as seriously as you are, because you were forced to It has to be taken seriously,” she said.
“The whole country must understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community. And we must stand together and speak out why this needs to stop,” Harris continued.
Harris was accompanied on his visit by Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rottering, Representative Brad Schneider, a Democrat who represents the 10th district in Illinois, and State Sen. Julie Morrison, according to the press pool.
More about the Vice President’s visit to Illinois: During a call Tuesday morning, Rottering invited the Vice President to join him in Highland Park following Harris’ speech at the National Education Association.
Harris made the remarks Tuesday, a few miles from Chicago’s Highland Park, and apparently asked Congress to have the “courage” to ban assault weapons and stop gun manufacturers from “protecting” them.
In a statement to the National Education Association on Tuesday, Harris said, “Yesterday, should have been a day for family and friends to come together to celebrate our nation’s independence and instead see that community suffer a violent tragedy.” had to face.” ,
“We need to stop this violence,” she said.
“You know, I’ve said that before. That’s it,” he said aloud. “I mean, here we are, our country is still mourning the loss of those 19 kids and their two teachers in Uvalde.” CNN’s Mary Kay Maloney contributed reporting on this post.