Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) spoke on Chicago being a focal point for commentary on mass shootings during a Senate committed hearing on a potential assault weapon ban. "To say it's just a Chicago phenomena? It's not. It's an American phenomena,” he said. A recent mass shooting in a Chicago suburb during a 4th of July parade left several dead, including both the parents of an infant who was found wandering the street after the incident. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) showed the faces of two children who survived the Highland Park shooting in his home state.
“And just for the record: Chicago is the whipping boy many times in these hearings. The rate of death by population for gun violence in Chicago is not as great as it is in Rockford, nor in my hometown of East St. Louis nor as it is in Jackson, Mississippi or in many other communities. It's terrible, every life is precious but to say that it's just a Chicago phenomena, it's not it's an American phenomenon.”