Independence Day celebrations were marred by the news of another mass shooting in Highland Park.
President Joe Biden initially had a statement of optimism but quickly responded to the shooting once news reached him and his team.
“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.
The shooting occurred in a Fourth of July parade, leaving 30 wounded while six people succumbed to their wounds.
Biden alluded to a gun safety legislation he recently signed, saying he “surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter.
“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 chimed in, hinting towards the signed legislation and said:
“Today’s shooting is an unmistakable reminder that more should be done to address gun violence in our country.”
On Monday evening, the President held a brief moment of silence for the victims at the White House over the Fourth of July picnic. He later revealed that he spoke with Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Earlier that afternoon, Biden held remarks commemorating Independence Day with military families at the White House and alluded to the new gun safety law and the Illinois shooting.
“You all heard what happened today. Each day we’re reminded there’s nothing guaranteed about our democracy, nothing guaranteed about our way of life.”
The shooting only adds more problems to the number of challenges going around the United States, especially with inflation becoming a rampant issue.
A recent poll also showed how, despite coming from different parties, Americans are unhappy with the state of the country.
Biden continued to do his best to reassure his citizens, saying, “I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight I want you to know we’re going to get through all this.”
Before the shooting incident, President Joe Biden released a statement talking about how “the best days still lie ahead.”
“The Fourth of July is a sacred 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.”