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Lt. Gov.: Gun Culture in America Must Change

Comptroller nominee was among thousands at Saturday's Bud Billiken parade when gunfire erupted




    Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says gun culture in the United States must change.

    The comptroller nominee, in an editorial published in Monday's Chicago Tribune, wrote of her experience on Saturday when shots were fired as she took part in the annual Bud Billiken parade. Two people were wounded.

    Dramatic Footage: Shooting During Bud Billiken Parade

    [CHI] Dramatic Footage: Shooting During Bud Billiken Parade
    8/9/2014: Police officers rush to the scene where two people were shot during the Bud Billiken Parade. (Published Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014)

    "We need a different route. We need to stop using violence as a first resort to solve problems," Simon wrote. "We need to acknowledge that guns are too easy to come by. And having more of them, loaded and concealed, is not going to make a crowd safer. We need to address our violent choices and gun availability if we want change."

    Named after a fictional character known as a caretaker of children, the parade signals the near end of summer and the start of a new school year.

    85th Annual Bud Billiken Parade

    [CHI] 85th Annual Bud Billiken Parade
    Hundreds turned out for the country’s oldest and largest African-American Parade. Nesita Kwan was there and has more on all the day’s festivities. (Published Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014)

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