WASHINGTON (Fwrd Axis) — President Joe Biden offered a message of hope on the Fourth of July holiday, encouraging Americans to keep working toward a better America amid a mass shooting in Illinois just hours earlier.
Speaking from the White House lawn in front of military families, Biden called on the country to stay positive amid the different issues surrounding it such as the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade or the gun violence in the country, acknowledging that it can be exhausting.
“I know it can be exhausting and unsettling, but tonight, I want you to know that we’re going to get through all of this,” Biden said.
The President’s remarks came hours after six people were killed and over 24 were injured in a shooting at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois. Biden called on federal law enforcement to assist in the manhunt for the suspect and said he would do everything in his power to curb the string of of gun violence.
“Before I left for Europe I signed a law, the first real gun safety law in 30 years. And things will get better still but not without more hard work together. You all heard what happened today,” Biden said.
The President said that certain events in recent days and weeks may have people thinking the country is moving backward but he encouraged Americans to remain positive for several reasons, including that people are “reclaiming” their way of life from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden closed his remarks by saying the Fourth of July is a holiday that can bring people together and the country together and continues to unite it, pointing to the phrase “we the people,” the first words in the Constitution.
“On this day, amid the storm and strife, may we commit ourselves to principled patriotism, to the large and complex mission to protect and make more perfect our union,” Biden said.