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Vice President Kamala Harris has been criticized again after another speech in which it appeared she strung words together and did not make a ton of sense.
She was in Highland Park, Illinois, after the mass shooting that happened there on Independence Day.
“We got to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to have taken this seriously,” the vice president said.
“The whole nation should understand and have a level of empathy to understand that this could happen anywhere [to] any people in any community,” she said. “And we should stand together and speak out about why it’s got to stop.”
Vice President Kamala Harris just spoke at the scene of the Highland Park mass shooting.
“We have to take this stuff seriously, as seriously as you are because you have been forced to take this seriously,” she said. pic.twitter.com/vpLSydpJM0
— Jake Sheridan (@JakeSheridan_) July 6, 2022
The Daily Wire reported on some of the responses on Twitter to that speech.
- James Woods, actor: “Word Salad Annie.”
- Nan Hayworth, M.D., former congresswoman: “Ms. Harris isn’t a voice for the voiceless, but she does speak for those who have absolutely nothing to say.”
- John Cardillo, political commentator: “She has to have brain damage, right?”
- Greg Price, political commentator: “Our first female VP! Chosen specifically because of her race/gender and literally sucks at this.”
- Edward Ongweso Jr., reporter: “Don’t they have Obama’s speech writers on retainer or something, what’s up?”
- Josh Olson, writer: “Ok, I give up. There ARE some jobs where you shouldn’t be allowed to drink on the clock.”
- Adam Rosen, writer: “Aside from how insane this quote is, no politicians seem to take this seriously, they never do, or else it wouldn’t keep happening, just my thoughts.”
- Jason Mattera, author: “She’s a walking billboard against diversity hires.”
- Whitney McIntosh, editor: “Every new quote of hers makes less and less sense as a complete sentence.”
- Arash Karami, writer: “My expectations for this administration was literally on the floor and they’re not even willing to meet me there.”
- Shay Stewart Bouley, writer: “I’m sorry, but no. Just no.”
- William Goodman, writer: “What the actual f***, man.”
The shooter was able to purchase the guns used in the shooting because his dad cosigned the Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card, which gun owners must have to own a firearm in Illinois.
Law enforcement was already aware of the suspect because of two incidents that happened in 2019, including one in which he threatened to “kill everyone”
“At the time of the incident, [the suspect] did not have a FOID card to revoke, and did not have a pending FOID application to deny,” Fox 32 said. “Then, in December 2019, at 19, [the suspect] applied for a FOID card and was sponsored by his father. At the time, [Illinois State Police] said there were insufficient bases to establish a clear and present danger and deny the application.”
But because the family did not press charges against him law enforcement did not have the ability to trigger the state’s “red flag” law to prevent him from purchasing firearms.
“I’m going to relay some information from two prior instances that occurred here in Highland Park,” Lake County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Christopher Covelli said at a press conference. “The first was in April of 2019. An individual contacted Highland Park Police Department a week after learning of [the suspect] attempting suicide. This was a delayed report, so Highland Park still responded to the residence a week later, spoke with [the suspect], spoke with [the suspect’s] parents, and the matter was being handled by mental health professionals at that time, there was no law enforcement action to be taken. It was a mental health issue and handled by those professionals.”
“The second occurred in September of 2019,” he said. “A family member reported that [the suspect] said he was going to kill everyone and [the suspect] had a collection of knives. The police responded to his residence, the police removed 16 knives, a dagger, and a sword from [the suspect’s] home. At that time, there was no probable cause to arrest, there were no complaints that were signed by any of the victims. The Highland Park Police Department, however, did immediately notify the Illinois State Police of the incident.”