Joe Biden Addresses the Fourth of July Shooting
The Fourth of July celebration this year was marked by another mass shooting in the United States. President Joe Biden initially shared a message, but he quickly responded when word got out of the Highland Park shooting.
“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has yet again brought grief to an American community on this Independence Day,” Biden said in a statement on Monday.
During a Fourth of July parade, the shooting left six people dead, with over 30 wounded in Highland Park, Illinois.
Biden pointed out that he had “surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter,” alluding to the recently signed gun safety legislation.
“But there is much more work to do,” the President added. “I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”
Vice President Kamala Harris also referred to the sign legislation, saying, “Today’s shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country.”
On Monday evening, Biden held a brief moment of silence at the White House during a July Fourth picnic. He also shared that he spoke with Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering.
Early in the afternoon, Biden referred to the new gun safety law and the Illinois shooting during remarks commemorating the holiday with military families at the White House, saying, “You all heard what happened today. Each day we’re reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guarantee about our way of life.”
The Fourth of July tragedy only adds to the number of challenges the nation faces, including inflation. In addition, a recent poll showed that the majority of Americans from both parties are unhappy with the state of the country.
Regardless, President Joe Biden still attempted to reassure Americans, saying, “I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight I want you to know we’re going to get through all this.”
Earlier that day, Biden released an optimistic statement about how “the best days still lie ahead.”
“The Fourth of July is a horrible day in our country – it’s time to celebrate the goodness of our nation, the only nation on Earth founded based on an idea: that all people are created equal,” tweeted Biden. “Make no mistake, our best days still lie ahead.”
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