Washington – US President Joe Biden said he felt “shocked” at a new “senseless” mass shooting in the United States, after a man opened fire on Monday on attendees of an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Ill.
Biden also promised to continue fighting “the epidemic of gun violence” in the country, and said he has ordered federal security forces to go to Highland Park, near Chicago, to help search for the gunman. suspect, who is still on the run.
At least six people have died and two dozen are injured, according to authorities, who confirmed that the suspect is a young man “between 18 and 20 years old” and that he probably acted alone.
“Jill (Biden) and I are shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again brought pain to an American community this Independence Day,” Biden said in a statement.
The president encouraged the residents of Highland Park to continue to follow the advice of the authorities, and assured that he will keep abreast of how the situation evolves, especially that of the injured who have had to be taken to hospital.
Biden defended the package of measures against gun violence that recently managed to pass the Senate with the support of conservative and progressive lawmakers, despite the traditional division on gun control issues that exists between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.
The president admitted that, however, “there is still much to do.”
The minimum agreement includes a review of the process for purchasing weapons for those under 21 years of age and extends the so-called “danger alert” (“Red Flag“) laws to the entire country, which allow the activation of a legal procedure to confiscate weapons. firearms of those who represent a danger to third parties or to themselves
The debate on gun violence was recently revived in the United States after the mass shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, in which 19 children and two teachers died at the hands of an 18-year-old armed with a semi-automatic rifle that he had purchased legally. , just over a month ago.
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