September 29, 2022

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker (D), a Democrat, issued a statement after the horrific shooting at the July 4 parade in Highland Park near Chicago, calling for an end to the “plague of gun violence.”

Released shortly after the shooting that killed six people and wounded at least 24 others, the governor said he would pray for those who lost loved ones and for the law enforcement officials tasked with bringing the shooter to justice.

“Today, I ask all Illinoisers to pray for the families devastated by the evil unleashed this morning in Highland Park, and for those who have lost loved ones and those who have been injured,” he said. “I also ask that we all pray for our first responders at all levels of government who are actively working to put the suspect in custody.”

A police officer reacts as he walks through downtown Highland Park, a suburb of Chicago, Monday, July 4, 2022, as a mass shooting occurred at the Highland Park 4th of July parade. (Nam Wai Hoh/The Associated Press)

He continued, “There are no words for the kind of monster that lurks in wait and shoots into a crowd of families with children celebrating a holiday with their community.” “There are no words for the kind of evil that robs our neighbors of their hopes, their dreams, and their future.”

Pritzker concluded his statement by calling for an end to “the violence of gun violence that is rampant in our country” while not adhering to any prescriptions for arms control policy.

He concluded by saying: “But grief will not bring back the victims, and prayer alone will not put an end to the terror of gun violence that is rampant in our country.” “I will stand firm with Illinois and Americans: We must – and we will – end the epidemic of gun violence.”

As Breitbart News previously reported, the local jurisdiction of Highland Park “has already banned ‘assault weapons’ and magazines with more than ten rounds of ammunition” and that “the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the challenge to the law in 2015”. Legal analyst Ken Klokowski of Breitbart News wrote at the time of the decision that Highland Park “has a track record of opposing citizens exercising the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms” by banning so-called “assault weapons.”

Klokowski argued that “assault weapons are not a true class of firearms.” The term is often confused with “assault rifles,” a class of firearms. But in most of the bans, “assault weapons” exclude some types of assault rifles and include guns that are not assault rifles.”

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