‘It’s a national embarrassment for us’; Hochul fumes over gun violence in wake of Illinois mass shooting


Governor Kathy Hochul lambasted national inaction and malaise on stopping gun violence following a Fourth of July mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois.

A gunman killed six people and injured dozens at a Fourth of July parade in the Chicago suburb on Monday. The shooting, Hochul told press at the Navy Yard, brings the national total up to 309 mass shootings so far this year — including the deadly Buffalo supermarket massacre in May that claimed 10 lives.

During a bill-signing ceremony at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Tuesday, Hochul called the count of gun massacres a “national embarrassment.”

“Three hundred and nine mass shootings thus far this year, the twelfth this month. Do I need to remind you what date this is? It’s July 5th. Twelfth this month,” she said.

“How many more tears have to be shed because the insanity of gun violence and its captivation and its stranglehold on so many individuals and organizations in this country,” Hochul went on. “It’s appalling, and it’s a national embarrassment for us, as we think about the rest of the world.”

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