Highland Park shooting: Dick Durbin calls on voters to elect pro-gun control politicians after parade attack

Sen. Durbin says he's fed up after July 4 shooting near Chicago

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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin called on Americans to vote for politicians who support gun control following the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade near Chicago.

"How long are we going to accept this in America?" Durbin asked during an interview with Fox News.

A gunman shot into the July 4 parade, killing six and injuring more than 30. Robert "Bobby" E. Crimo III was arrested as a person of interest in the shooting.

Durbin called Highland Park the safest place in Illinois before the attack.

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Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, on Monday, July 4.

Law enforcement search after a mass shooting at the Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, on Monday, July 4. (AP/Nam Y. Huh)

"One crazed person with a weapon that can fire so many rounds so quickly has changed this community forever," the Illinois Democrat told Fox News.

"This has gone way beyond any Second Amendment right that someone can purchase a weapon that creates that much devastation," Durbin, a Democrat, said. "Voters need to elect people who want real gun safety."

A police officer reacts as he walks in downtown Highland Park, Monday, July 4, 2022.

A police officer reacts as he walks in downtown Highland Park, Monday, July 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Chicago on Tuesday to speak at the National Education Association's annual meeting. Over the holiday weekend, more than 54 were shot in the city, with seven killed.

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"I know what Kamala is going to say," Durbin told Fox News. "She's fed up with this, and I am too."

"The question is whether the American people are fed up," he continued.

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Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, July 4, 2022.

Police deploy after gunfire erupted at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, July 4, 2022. (Reuters/Max Herman)

Do Americans "want to give up the safety of the classroom, the safety of the supermarket, the safety of the church, the safety of the parade?" Durbin asked.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the Highland Park attack Tuesday morning.

Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin reacts to the Highland Park attack Tuesday morning. (Fox News Digital/Lisa Bennatan)

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"Let's protect those basic elements of human life," he said.