More On: Kamala Harris
Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to go to Chicago on Tuesday. This is one day after a mass shooting in a northern suburb of the crime- and violence-filled city killed at least six people and hurt dozens more.
Harris told reporters after meeting with firefighters in Santa Monica, Calif., that she was going to Chicago the next morning to talk to the National Association of Educators (NEA).
Harris did not say if she would go to Highland Park, Ill., about 25 miles north, to see the people who were shot at a Fourth of July parade.
"I'm writing a whole section about what our teachers go through. It's something I've written before, which is sad, but it's still important every day. "Our teachers go to school to learn how to teach our kids in a way that makes them want to be leaders in the future, and they also learn how to handle an active shooter," Harris said.
"Our teachers have to learn how to use a tourniquet to help a child who has been shot. So, when we look at the problem of gun violence and the dangers it poses to communities, it is a wide-ranging issue that we should take very seriously.
Before the shooting on Friday, the trip was made public.
Police haven't found a suspect in the mass shooting yet, but they are looking for an 18–20-year-old white man with long dark hair.
As of June 19, police statistics show that crime in Chicago, which is run by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, is up 34% from 2021. So far this year, violent crimes like murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery, and robbery have gone up by 9.6%.
On Monday night, President Biden was going to have an Independence Day party on the White House lawn and then watch fireworks over the National Mall.
Biden said in a written statement that he was "shocked by the senseless gun violence that has once again made this Independence Day sad for an American community."
Biden also said, "I recently signed into law the first major bipartisan gun reform bill in almost 30 years. It has measures that will save lives. But there is still a lot of work to be done, and I won't stop trying to stop the epidemic of gun violence."
The bipartisan reform law aimed, among other things, to make background checks for people between the ages of 18 and 21 more thorough. This was done after two 18-year-old suspects killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo and 21 people at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, with AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles in May.
After a car hit a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., in November, killing six people, the Highland Park tragedy happened. Darrell Brooks is charged with first-degree murder for his role in that attack.