After repeating an earlier request for federal gun control legislation at the scene of the July Fourth parade mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, Vice President Kamala Harris came under heavy criticism online.
Harris, 57, spoke in a suburb of Chicago on Tuesday night after urging Congress to enact a new assault weapons ban earlier that day while addressing a teachers union meeting. Robert “Bobby” Crimo III, the alleged gunman, would be brought to justice, she pledged, but she then erroneously repeated herself.
“And we got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are – because you have been forced to have to take it seriously,” Harris said to the residents of Highland Park.
“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace-loving community. And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop,” the Vice President went on.
Harris has previously been charged for speaking incoherently while attempting to make serious claims.
“I mean, listen, guys, we’re talking about the potential for war in Europe,” Harris said to reporters in Germany days before Russia invaded Ukraine in February. Let’s actually take some time to consider the importance of what we’re discussing. It has been more than 70 years. And for those 70 years, there was safety and serenity. We are discussing the genuine potential for war in Europe.
According to Harris’ detractors, the Cold War Soviet rule of Eastern Europe, the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, and Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 were all disregarded by Harris’ concept of peace and security.
Days later, the vice president came under fire for explaining the Russia-Ukraine crisis in an unduly simplified manner on a morning radio show after being requested to do so.