Chicago White Sox pitcher Liam Hendricks spoke about the latest mass shooting in an American town on Monday during a July 4th parade.
Six people were killed and more than 30 injured in a shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. Robert Crimo was arrested a few hours later after a car chase, police said.
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Hendricks, who was born in Australia and has been playing Major League Baseball since 2011, spoke at a shootout before the team’s game against the Minnesota Twins. Shootings in Highland Park have become commonplace, he said.
“I think the access to the weapons that are being used in these things …. Something has to change. Something has to be done. Something has to happen because a lot of people are going to lose their lives, and it’s not just this. People who have lost their lives,” he told reporters.
“We really need to reflect on their families, the tragedy they’re going through, the whole community when people are worried about leaving home, the daily tasks of going to work, or any number of these things. On what’s going on. I don’t think I’m doing enough.
“A lot of people are dying and it’s not an excuse to say, ‘I’m on this side.’ At some point, things have to be done or civilization as you know it comes to an end with the fact that there are two different sides. Something has to change. Something has to happen and it has to happen quickly.”
Hendrix said that in some states, as a non-American, he can walk into a store and buy a handgun.
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“After coming here, I had to take a driving test. If you want a gun, you don’t have to take the test. That’s stupid. Anyone who thinks it’s a great idea is a fool,” he said. “There are so many. As an Australian, we acted as a nation on the day of the mass shooting.
“When we had a mass shooting, the government came in and said we can’t do this, we’re going to do a buy-back program and so we’re going to buy back the guns at a fair price and all this. And all of a sudden, suicide rates are down, gun-related homicides are down infinitely, and it’s pretty much continued. . You can get guns in Australia but there are too many regulations on it and not enough protection. Reason to get a gun.”
The White Sox were among the Chicago-area sports teams that released statements on the Highland Park shooting.
“Our hearts go out to the Highland Park community. The entire Chicago White Sox organization extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of today’s horrific shooting and to all those affected by this tragedy,” the team said Monday. .
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“After consultation with Major League Baseball, tonight’s scheduled game against Minnesota will go ahead at 7:10 CT. However, the game’s postgame fireworks celebration has been canceled. There will be a moment of silence prior to the start of tonight’s game.”