WASHINGTON DC – Survivors of the deadly shooting that took place during a July 4 parade in Highland Park, Illinois, marched to the capitol in Washington DC on Wednesday, just over a week after dodging the gunfire.
Family members and organizers dressed in orange and carried signs that read “Enough is Enough,” or “Enough Is Enough” in English. There, the tears did not stop as survivors recounted their trauma from the attack and demanded concrete changes, including a ban on assault weapons.
Carrie Drummond, an Alexandria, Virginia, resident and teacher, spoke with sadness and anger about how in 2017 she fled with her young children from a shooting during the Congressional baseball game while walking her dog near her home – only to have to escape a second shooting this month.
“Unfortunately, five years later, we’re at the 4th of July parade in Highland Park, and we had to dodge bullets there too. This is not right,” Drummond said as he put his hand on his son’s shoulder.
“Stop. We are no longer going to listen to people who tell us that we cannot make changes, because we can and we will”, added the teacher.
Among the protesters were Senators Tammy Duckworth and Chris Murphy, and the parents of Lexi Rubio – a 10-year-old victim of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
The group, called the March Fourth, seeks to ban assault rifles and other weapons with high-capacity ammunition.
“Although President Biden recently signed into law the Bipartisan Safe Communities Act [en inglés, Bipartisan Safer Communities Act]an investment in red flag laws, mental health and school safety resources, and background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, is not enough,” the group said in a statement.
Before the demonstration, Michelle Gerstin, a survivor of the Highland Park shooting, recounted how families hid in basements, bathrooms and dumpsters during the attack.
“The Highland Park community has to be the last devastated by these events. So please,” she said.
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