Highland Park parade shooting: Stop the endless tragedies

Highland Park parade shooting: Stop the endless tragedies

Toys and lawn chairs lie along the scene of the Fourth of July parade shooting in Highland Park. We hold this truth to be self-evident: More numerous and more powerful guns in America are an assault on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. During a Fourth of July parade in the north suburb of Highland Park, a gunman who was perched on a rooftop on a beautiful day killed six people with a high-powered rifle and injured at least 31. Video showed pandemonium. In mid-tune, youthful marching band members broke into a run to escape. Families and their children scattered in fear as the shooter picked off people mercilessly. Young and old were targets alike. The gun was so powerful that the eviscerated bodies of victims looked like they had been blown up. A staff member described the scene at Highland Park Hospital as horrific. Yet the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court and too many members of Congress think it is gun violence that has unalienable rights, not the rest of us. They don’t care that people were imprisoned in their homes and in businesses — called “sheltering in place” — on a day that was supposed to be a celebration of independence. Parades, fireworks and festivities were canceled through the area. Beaches and parks were closed. We have to ask ourselves: What truly is freedom? Access to an unlimited number of firearms with too few rules governing who can carry them? Or the freedom to […]

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