Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday said Americans need to understand that gun violence "can happen anywhere," during a visit to the Illinois city where a gunman killed at least seven people in a mass shooting at a July Fourth parade.
"There's a lot of healing that's going to have to happen that is both physical and emotional. There's no question that this experience is something that is going to linger in terms of the trauma," Harris told members of the media gathered at the scene of the shooting in Highland Park. "I'd like to urge all the families and all the individuals to do seek the support you so rightly deserve."
Addressing gun safety in the United States, the vice president continued: "We've got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what -- and in particular assault weapons. We have to take this stuff seriously. As seriously as you are because you have been forced to take it seriously. The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this can happen anywhere, in any peace loving community."