Gun control has been a big talking point in the United States, as mass shootings have become prevalent nationwide. As years go by, it has only gotten worse.
It’s all the more reason why when news of Independence Day’s Highland Park shooting took place, the news by many was met with restlessness.
The park was the site of the Monday morning, July 4th parade, where the latest tragedy struck on the birth of the very country that implemented the 2nd amendment.
An assailant opened fire at the celebratory crowd, reportedly killing six and injuring over 30 more.
When the dust settled, officials obtained a “reportedly-powered rifle” at the scene. They also secured Robert “Bobby” Eugene Crimo III, a person of interest, after a police chase. Crimo was seen on multiple occasions, promoting projects of violence that have since gone viral. Though not yet charged, he has been taken into custody.
Many local teams spoke out in response to the news, including the White Sox, who are amid the MLB season and the battle for the AL Wild Card.
In a statement released by the team, it was said that the shooting made them reluctant to continue playing their matchup against the AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins.
For fanatics, the game was to continue, however, the ripple effects of the event remained heavy for the franchise:
‘‘Our hearts are with the Highland Park community… our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today’s horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.”
Though supporting the move to play, Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa expressed his sentiments on the matter, ultimately looking for answers given the uptick in crime over the past several months.
‘‘Unfortunately, it’s almost daily, way too frequently,’’ said La Russa. ‘‘Even when there’s an explanation, there’s no explanation. Doesn’t make sense.
Closer Liam Hendriks, known for being outspoken in support of the LGBTQ community as well as the Roe v. Wade decision, responded in kind to this incident.
‘‘Something needs to be done. Something needs to happen because there’s way too many people losing their lives.”
He went on to speak about family, and the growing uncertainty of security outside, let alone at public events, implicating laws should “reflect on what’s going on’’ in society today, as opposed to what it was when the 2nd amendment was initially created.
While Crimo heads into custody, the resolution is still sought upon not only a community, but a nation tied to its past.