Bidens ‘shocked’ by Chicago-area shooting as White House marks 4th of July

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President Joe Biden began Independence Day with a message that looked to the future of the country, but had to respond quickly to another mass shooting in the United States this Independence Day,” the president said in a statement Monday, after during a parade At least six people were killed in a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois on July 4 “the urgent search for the gunman, who is still at large at this time,” and referred to the Gun Safety Act he recently signed. But there is still work to be done and I will not give up the fight against the gun violence epidemic,” he added of CNN’s MJ Lee. “We don’t know the circumstances yet,” said Vice President Kamala Harris, who spoke about the California Holidays campaigned for the recently signed law in her own statement, but added: “Today’s shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country. “In remarks on the 4th of July commemoration with military families at the White House later that afternoon, Biden referred to the new gun safety law and the Illinois shooting, saying, ‘You all heard what happened today… We’re reminded of it every day that there is no guarantee for our democracy, for our way of life nothing is not without pain. Freedom is under attack – attack both here and abroad,” he said, alluding to the US Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade had fallen backwards. This freedom has been restricted. These rights we have embraced no longer apply – a reminder that we are in an ongoing struggle for the soul of America, as we have been for over 200 years, a time for the nation marked by deepening division, inflation and a recent poll showing that the vast majority of Americans across party lines are dissatisfied with the state of things in the country are going in the wrong direction: only 14% believe things are going in the right direction developing. That’s a more pessimistic reading than in May, when 78% said things were moving in the wrong direction and 21% said things were general. And currently, both 92% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats agree dissatisfied with the country’s development – the highest number among Democrats since Biden took office last year Icials inform about the shooting of patients. Still, Biden tried to reassure Americans by saying, “I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight I want you to know that we’re going to get through this.” America, he stressed, is and will always be a work in progress. And after putting in the hard work of laying the groundwork for a brighter future, the worst of our past has hit us, occasionally pulling us back. But I know this: From the deepest depths of our worst crises, we’ve always soared to our higher heights,” Biden told the crowd on the South Lawn. “We’ve always come out better than we went in.” Earlier in that day, Biden had released a forward-looking statement about how the “best of days are yet to come.” founded on earth based on one idea: that all humans are created equal,” Biden said in a tweet. “Make no mistake, our best days are yet to come.”

President Joe Biden began Independence Day with a message looking to the country’s future, but had to respond quickly to another mass shooting in the United States.

“Jill and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought grief to an American community this Independence Day,” the president said in a statement Monday after at least six people were killed in a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois were. during a July 4th parade.

Biden noted that he has “urged federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter, who is at this time at large,” noting the gun safety legislation he recently signed into law. “But there is still work to be done and I will not give up the fight against the gun violence epidemic,” he added.

Later Monday, when pressed by CNN’s MJ Lee, Biden declined to say whether stricter gun laws would have prevented the fatal shooting. “We don’t know the circumstances yet,” he said.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who is in California for the holiday, campaigned in her own statement for the recently signed law, but added: “The shooting today is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to end gun violence in our country .”

In remarks at the 4th of July commemoration with military families at the White House later that afternoon, Biden referred to the new gun safety law and the Illinois shooting, saying, “You all heard what happened today. … Every day we are reminded that there are no guarantees for our democracy, no guarantees for our way of life.”

The President called on Americans to fight for democracy, but also largely acknowledged national challenges.

“Our economy is growing, but not without pain. Freedom is under attack – both here and abroad,” he said, alluding to the US Supreme Court finding Roe v. Wade fell last month.

“In the last few days there has been reason to believe that this country is moving backwards. This freedom has been restricted. That rights we have accepted no longer apply – a reminder that we continue to be in an ongoing battle for the soul of America, as we have been for over 200 years.”

Video below: Police describe the suspect in a shooting in Illinois

The July 4th holiday comes at a challenging time for the nation, marked by deepening divisions, inflation and a series of recent polls showing the vast majority of Americans across party lines are dissatisfied with the state of the United States

In an AP-NORC poll released last week, 85% of US adults say things are going in the wrong direction in the country, with just 14% believing things are going in the right direction. That’s a more pessimistic reading than in May, when 78% said things were moving in the wrong direction and 21% said things were generally moving in the right direction. And currently, both 92% of Republicans and 78% of Democrats are dissatisfied with the country’s direction — the highest number among Democrats since Biden took office last year.

Video below: Hospital officials provide information about patient shooting

Still, Biden tried to reassure Americans, saying, “I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight I want you to know that we’re going to get through this.”

America, he emphasized, is and will remain a “work in progress”.

“It’s happened so many times that after we’ve taken huge strides forward, we’ve taken a few steps back. And after we’ve done the hard work of laying the groundwork for a brighter future, the worst of our past has come and we’ve occasionally retreated. But I know this: From the deepest depths of our worst crises, we’ve always soared to our higher heights,” Biden told the crowd on the South Lawn. “We always came out better than we went in.”

Earlier in the day, Biden released a forward-looking statement saying the “best of days are yet to come.”

“July 4th is a holy day in our country — it’s a time to celebrate the goodness of our nation, the only nation on earth founded on one idea: that all human beings are created equal,” said Biden in a tweet. “Make no mistake, our best days are yet to come.”

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