Candidate Darren Bailey apologizes for Highland Park comments, tries to shift blame to Pritzker

Candidate Darren Bailey apologizes for Highland Park comments, tries to shift blame to Pritzker

CHICAGO (TOC) — Republican candidate for Illinois governor Darren Bailey apologized for insensitive feedback he made shortly after the Highland Park parade capturing, but additionally tried to shift blame to Gov. JB Pritzker.

Thursday Bailey referred to as for a particular session of the Illinois legislature to handle gun violence, however apologized once more for feedback he made Monday during which he mentioned individuals ought to “transfer on” and have a good time the July 4th vacation.

“The thought that my preliminary response might have precipitated extra ache is definitely one thing that can maintain me up at evening and I am sorry,” Bailey mentioned.

He additionally referred to as for extra funding for psychological well being companies, although he voted in opposition to Pritzker’s budgets which included further funding for such applications.

The Pritzker marketing campaign referred to as him out for that and added, “Bailey additionally voted in opposition to strengthening the Firearms Restraining Order Act to implement a program to coach the general public and law enforcement officials about firearm restraining orders.”

That act, usually referred to as purple flag legal guidelines, are designed to maintain weapons out of the palms of probably harmful individuals like Robert Crimo III.

“Governor Pritzker, this occurred in your watch. You’ve got received extra gun management legal guidelines than nearly wherever else in America. Our issues are extra complicated than simply extra restrictive gun legal guidelines on regulation abiding residents,” Bailey fired again.

From his workplace in Highwood, State Rep. Bob Morgan was nonetheless coping with the trauma of being within the parade Monday, two blocks from the capturing scene.

“So we heard what appeared like fireworks or firecrackers and you then noticed a horde of individuals operating away,” mentioned State Rep. Bob Morgan (D-Highwood).

Morgan hustled his spouse, two children and a few workers members to security after which started serving to others.

“And we come throughout those who had blood on their clothes, then I got here throughout a small youngster who’s costume was coated in blood, helped her and her household out,” Morgan mentioned

There’s already speak amongst lawmakers that any particular session referred to as this summer season has to handle gun violence. Morgan mentioned it want to incorporate dialogue about an assault weapons ban, extra psychological well being companies and bettering the state’s purple flag legal guidelines.

Morgan’s message to his group is do not lose hope, and maintain working for change to stop the following tragedy.

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