White Sox player calls for change after Highland Park mass shooting – NBC Chicago


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White Sox closest Liam Hendriks has called for change following Monday’s tragedy at Highland Park.

A mass shooting during the Highland Park Independence Day Parade on Monday morning left six people dead and at least two dozen injured.

The shooting happened shortly after 10 a.m. and as of early Monday evening the whereabouts of the shooter remained unknown. An active search is in progress.

“Something has to change,” Hendriks told reporters. “Something has to be done, something has to happen, because there are far too many people losing their lives.

“It’s not just about people losing their lives. The families of that, the tragedy that they’re going through, the whole community when people are worried about leaving home, worried about doing the day-to-day things of going to work or any number of those things.

Monday’s shooting happened shortly after 10 a.m. and by early evening the whereabouts of the shooter remained unknown. An active search is in progress.

The White Sox released a statement Monday afternoon expressing “the organization’s deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the innocent victims of [Monday’s] horrific shooting and all who have been affected by this tragedy.”

After consultation with MLB, Monday night’s game against the Twins will go ahead, the Sox announced. Post-match fireworks are cancelled.

When asked for his perspective on American gun culture, Hendriks, who is Australian, called it “puzzling”.

“That’s what America is known for,” Hendriks said. “There are a lot of things that are good here, but you look at the negatives and it’s just the complete…

“I can walk into a store as a non-American and buy a handgun in some states. It baffles me. I had to pass a driving test when I was here.

“I won’t have to pass a test if I want to have a gun. It’s stupid. Whoever thought that was a good idea is an idiot.

Hendriks added “we really have to think about what’s going on”.

“Too many people are dying and that’s no excuse to be on this side or that side,” he said. “That’s no excuse. At some point, things have to be done.

“It’s getting to the point where civilization as you know it can end because there are two radically different sides.

“Something has to change, something has to happen, and it has to happen fast.”

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White Sox player calls for change after Highland Park mass shooting – NBC Chicago

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