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Highland Park Shooting Intensifies Debate on Gun Control

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Written by Zainabrights, Produced by Fatima El-Zein

A 2 year old child is orphaned after the killing of his parents in the Highland Park mass shooting on July 4th, an occurrence that has been happening much too frequently in the United States. 


A 2 year old boy, Aiden McCarthy, found bloodied and alone at the July 4th parade shooting in Highland Park, Illinois has been reunited with his grandparents who will now be raising him. His parents were among those killed in the rampage that left six people dead and at least 30 injured. 

According to Highland Park Police, The gunman, 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III was arrested five miles north of the shooting site. 

In the wake of several mass shootings in America like in a Buffalo supermarket that left 10 people dead and 3 injured at the hands of an 18-year old white gunman on May 14th or the one in Uvalde, Texas on May 24th where an 18-year old Salvador Ramos fatally killed 19 elementary school students and 2 teachers and injured 17 others, comes at the heels of a national debate on gun control. 

Chicago has a ban on assault weapons, which conservatives are quick to point out saying that gun control measures don’t really stop mass shootings from taking place. Opponents argue that the regulation measures have weakened due to federal court reversals and that guns are coming from neighboring states. 

Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation last summer that will go into effect in 2024 looking to further strengthen gun control laws in the state, requiring background checks for private gun sales. The governor has also outlawed making, selling and owning ghost guns this year. 

President Biden also signed a bill into law last month that incentives states to pass red flag laws and expand background checks for 18 to 21 year olds. And while this law comes after a more than 25 year old stalemate, gun-control advocates say that more needs to be done including a total ban on assault weapons. 



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  • Fatima El-Zein

    Fatima El-Zein is Lead Producer at TMJ News where she aims to bring more awareness about her community through storytelling. El-Zein grew up in Toronto, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Journalism at the University of Toronto and also received a diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She has worked extensively for CBC News before moving to the United States.

  • Zainab Rights

    Zainab Rights is a Muslim American Journalist and Editor in Chief at TMJ News Network. She holds a double degree in Political Science and Homeland Security and a Masters in Journalism from Harvard University. She has over 12 years of experience in political commentary, writing and video production.

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