Illinois leaders seek solutions after Highland Park shooting


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) – Illinois state leaders are still trying to figure out what led to the mass shooting in Highland Park on Monday morning. Seven first-degree murder charges have already been filed against the alleged shooter, but more information is awaited as federal, state and local law enforcement continues their investigation.

The 4th of July is supposed to be a time of celebration, but it has quickly become a deadly nightmare that many believe happens too often in this country.

“From the time of the incident, I’ve been hearing people from across the country, people who were themselves in communities like Uvalde or Parkland asking, ‘what can we do,'” Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) . “We’ve been there. We know.”

Morgan represents Highland Park and was only a few blocks from the parade when the shooting took place. As the crowd raced and cars drove in the opposite direction, Morgan said he immediately knew something was wrong. Morgan said he quickly got his family to safety at a downtown train station before returning to the filming location. He has worked tirelessly to help his constituents since the shooting.

The representative explained that Highland Park is an activist community where people frequently come together to fight for social change. In fact, Morgan said there was a march against gun violence in that same neighborhood over a week ago.

“Obviously our situation, while unique to us, is not unique to the country,” Morgan said. “And that’s something that continues to happen on an increasingly routine basis. We really need to keep doing more and working harder to stem this.

Morgan stressed that he had to go on social media with a call to action for all Illinois. The Democrat wants people to ask their state lawmakers why an assault weapon or an extended magazine clip has more rights than the lives of others. He also told his supporters to ask their lawmakers how they would increase mental health funding in the state budget and where that money should come from.

Meanwhile, other leaders are considering toughening gun laws in Illinois and making sure people know how to report red flags about people who could harm others.

“Cooperate with law enforcement, provide information, follow up, corroborate these concerns – individuals can use the firearms prohibition order,” the state police director said. ‘Illinois, Brendan Kelly. “Anyone and everyone can report any concerns they have to law enforcement.”

Illinois State Police reported there was no information to establish the alleged shooter posed a clear and present danger to others when he co-signed his FOID card application in December 2019. Although it was only months after local police were called to a home where the would-be gunman threatened to kill his family. Highland Park Police confiscated 16 knives, a dagger and a sword before submitting a clear and current danger notice to state police.

“We must do whatever it takes to address the deteriorating mental health, particularly among isolated young men, that has worsened significantly during the Pritzker shutdowns,” said Senator Darren Bailey.

The Republican gubernatorial candidate is one of many lawmakers calling for a special session to address gun violence after the mass shooting. However, Bailey also had to apologize to many people he offended on July 4 during a video of him saying people should ‘move on’ and celebrate the country’s independence after praying for the victims of the shootings.

The Pritzker campaign says Bailey lacks the temperament and empathy to lead Illinois. Bailey held a campaign raffle in 2019 for an AR-15, the same style of gun used in the Highland Park shooting. The downstate Republican has frequently called on lawmakers to rescind the FOID map and protect the Second Amendment.

“I conducted this raffle in accordance with all Illinois laws,” Bailey said. “Let’s be real – Illinois has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the state. And the reality is that with this type of gun, most people who buy them are buying them for self-defense .

Bailey has voted against every budget proposal since Pritzker took office, even though the plans included investments in gun violence prevention, public safety and mental health services. The senator also opposed a plan to strengthen the state’s gun banning ordinance law, which has helped educate law enforcement and Illinois about the importance of firearms. firearms prohibition orders.

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Illinois) said Wednesday that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines don’t belong anywhere near schools, parades or streets. The Army veteran carried an M16 and an M4 during her 23 years in the military.

“I know the damage these guns can do to an adult’s body – let alone an innocent child’s body,” Duckworth said.

Morgan said the community is still waiting for police to reopen the site so people can collect shoes, chairs and other belongings left along the parade route. He said people need time right now to grieve in their own way. As for the way forward, Morgan stressed that there must be discussions at the local and state level about the best ways to reduce gun violence.

The lawmaker noted that many people he’s spoken with since the shooting are demanding state and federal laws to prevent it from happening again.

“Everyone has a 4th of July parade in or near their community,” Morgan said. “So this could have happened to anyone’s parade. People will have different responses to what we can do or what we should do. It’s not enough for elected officials to issue a statement with thoughts and prayers. It’s not enough, and on its phase it’s absurd.

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