A Tragic Independence Day

They were gathered along the main street in downtown Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, to celebrate America’s Independence Day at the town’s Fourth of July parade. Mothers and fathers, son and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren all out for a fun day.

Then shots rang out. Chaos ensued. “Everyone was was running, hiding, and screaming,” a witness said. As of this writing, six people are dead and two dozen people have been taken to area hospitals with injuries. The shooter, who has yet to be apprehended or identified, is described as a white male, approximately 18 to 20 years old, with longer black hair, a small build, and wearing a white or blue T-shirt.

Police have said that a firearm has been recovered from the scene and it appeared the gunman was shooting from a roof. The weapon is described as a “high-powered rifle.”

So it’s once again time for our politicians, on America’s birthday, to send out thoughts and prayers. But take any meaningful action on gun control? Fuhgeddaboudit.

How many more tragedies like this must occur before we come to our senses?

17 thoughts on “A Tragic Independence Day

  1. Marleen July 4, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    English Standard Version [but revised by me based on language study and with emphasis]
    “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the [standard-access meeting venues] and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

    English Revised Version (Matthew 6:6)
    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret, and thy Father which seeth in secret shall recompense thee.

    Matthew 6:1 ESV (English Standard Version)
    “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. ….”

    James 2:16 International Standard Version
    … and one of you tells them, “Go in peace! Stay warm and eat heartily.” If you do not provide for their bodily needs, what good does it do?

    I saw Kristi Noem on, with Dana Bash, recently talking about her “heart” and whatever diversion. She wouldn’t even stand for making it the law that people get paid leave for birthing a child. These people don’t care about anything they want us to think they do (and I used to believe they did). Again, I was “a conservative” myself but didn’t see then how morally bankrupt the movement is.

    And I’m not pro conservative Democrat either. I’m progressive. I’m kinda conservative on guns because it certainly is in the Constitution. But there is a place for being sensible rather than gaslighting that “well regulated” isn’t in there and rather than pretending no one should do much of anything. They recently passed something, but closing the background loopholes wasn’t in that.

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  2. Sadje July 4, 2022 / 6:16 pm

    This is so tragic and getting to be too much. Who will wake up these politicians who are drunk on power and bribes?

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  3. Carol anne July 4, 2022 / 6:22 pm

    I cannot believe that yet another mass shooting has taken place! Its tragic! So, so sad, my heart goes out to all of those who were there, who were killed, or wounded. This is nuts! So many lives needlessly lost. Xxx

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  4. msjadeli July 4, 2022 / 8:59 pm

    All weekend long I heard target practice out here in the sticks. I said to my son earlier today it feels like they are preparing for civil war. My son said they’ve been told to be afraid and that they need protection. I said from them! They are the ones who are causing such fear. It doesn’t matter what motivated the shooter in Highland Park, what matters is he’s gotten easy access to a sniper rifle. How do we defuse this ticking bomb?

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    • Fandango July 4, 2022 / 10:38 pm

      I wish I knew the answer, Li, but our elected lawmakers are dropping the ball big time and lives are being lost as a result.

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  5. Lauren July 4, 2022 / 9:46 pm

    It is too, too sad what our once great nation has become.

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  6. Lolsy's Library July 4, 2022 / 11:51 pm

    I wonder how many times people out side America are going to have to say “I’m so sorry”, because those with the power aren’t doing anything.

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  7. Maggie July 5, 2022 / 5:44 am

    I fear we are beyond a time of stopping this train of hatred and violence. There are so many weapons in the hands of mentally ill equipped people I doubt we can ever get them off the streets. The gun regulations (or lack there of) are based totally on a fear of the boogie man. Sadly, I fear him, too, but recognize him as my neighbor who has the conservative flag wrapped so tightly around his eyes he can’t see the truth.

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  8. Marleen July 7, 2022 / 12:13 pm

    https://www.newsweek.com/nra-responded-highland-park-parade-shooting-illinois-1721633

    Meanwhile, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told his followers to “stop blaming the NRA for mass shootings” because it shields Republican lawmakers from accountability.

    “The NRA may fund candidates but the NRA does not have a vote in Congress. *ELECTED* Republican members of Congress do. And they [vote] against our kids and [keep] voting for their killers,” Swalwell wrote on Twitter.

    “Blaming the NRA shields those who actually have a vote. It also kind of suggests that ‘but for’ the NRA these Republicans would do the right thing. Why give them that alibi? Let’s start naming names. And the NRA is not a name. The NRA is not on the ballot this November.

    “But hundreds of Republicans who choose killers over our kids are on the ballot. Blame them. Choose our kids. Not their killers.”

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  9. Marleen July 7, 2022 / 1:01 pm

    Professor of Law and former Reagan official/U.S. Solicitor General
    on conspiracy to undermine voting. (Note if wording on the screen says
    something else: The current tagline, if not changed, for this segment
    doesn’t seem to match the content — and must’ve been earlier.)

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