Kamala to leave DC and visit Chicago after bloody weekend in Windy City

After a bloody July 4 weekend in Chicago which saw dozens of people people shot, Vice President Kamala Harris visited the city Tuesday along with her husband, Doug Emhoff.

Harris’ trip was planned before the sanguinary weekend in Chicago, which ended in eight deaths.

Instead, Harris is in the city to give remarks at the National Education Association 2022 Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly at the McCormick Convention Center.

However, Harris used the opportunity to address gun violence, albeit not the type that has crime rates soaring under the Biden administration. Instead, she used the event to lobby for a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”

“So, let’s talk about what an assault weapon is designed to do. An assault weapon is designed to kill a lot of human beings quickly. There is no reason that we have weapons of war on the streets of America,” she said.

“And we need to have Congress stop protecting those gun manufacturers with the liability shield. Repeal it! Repeal it!”

None of that would have stopped the bloodshed on the streets of Chicago, however.

Reports on the number of wounded in Chicago varied in different reports. Fox News said 54 people were struck, while WTTW-TV listed the number at 68.

Things were so bad in the Windy City that Chicago’s police superintendent, David Brown, begged parents to keep their kids off the streets.

“There’s no reason why everyone can’t enjoy the holiday and every event safely. Parents, please, please know where your children are,” Brown said.

“Don’t leave them to government to be the parents of your kids. We need you, parents, please, to help us make sure your young people are safe.”

And it wasn’t just gunshots that marred the Independence Day weekend in Chicago, either.

“A crowd of protesters in Chicago’s Loop attacked police cars with fireworks and blunt objects after authorities responded to reports of cars doing donuts in an intersection,” Fox News reported.

In addition, a mass shooter in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park killed six people during a July 4 parade.

Harris visited the Highland Park site on Tuesday, saying that “we’ve got to be smarter as a country in terms of who has access to what, and, in particular, to assault weapons.”

“There’s no question that this experience is gonna linger with trauma,” Harris said.

“I’d like to urge all the families and all the individuals to do seek the support that you so rightly deserve. … We are here for you and to stand with you.”

However, she was more tight-lipped on the violence in Chicago itself, which didn’t fit the administration’s narrative — particularly since most of the shootings likely weren’t committed with so-called “assault weapons.”