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?