‘Too many people are dying’: Aussie son of footy legend who’s now a $78MILLION baseball star hits out at ‘baffling’ US gun laws after July 4 tragedy in Chicago
An Australian baseball star has hit out at the ‘baffling’ gun laws in the United States after the nation was hit by another tragedy in Chicago.
Six people were shot and killed following a mass shooting in Highway Park, an affluent suburb of Chicago, during a July 4 parade.
A total of 26 victims aged between eight and 85 were injured, with six still receiving hospital treatment. Robert ‘Bobby’ Crimo III, a 22-year-old rapper, was arrested by police in North Lake Forest, Chicago on Monday evening.
According to Forbes, 306 mass shootings have been committed in 2022, with the figure on track to exceed the record set last year (692). The same outlet reports that 10,072 have died due to firearms – including incidental and accidental killings but not suicides – this year.
Now, Chicago White Sox baseball star Liam Hendriks – son of WAFL legend Geoff Hendriks – has demanded ‘change’ to the United States’ ‘baffling’ gun laws in the wake of Monday’s attack.
‘Something needs to change,’ Hendriks said via NBC Sports. ‘Something needs to be done, something needs to happen, because there’s way too many people losing their lives.
Chicago White Sox star Liam Hendriks has called for changes to America’s ‘baffling’ gun laws
‘It’s not only about the people that lose their lives. The families of that, the tragedy they go through, the entire community when people are concerned about leaving the house, concerned about doing the day-to-day things of going to work or any number of these things.’
In a statement, the White Sox expressed ‘deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the innocent victims of [Monday’s] horrific shooting and all of those who have been affected by this tragedy.’
After talks with the MLB, postgame fireworks were cancelled ahead of their game against the Twins on Monday.
The 33-year-old described American gun culture as ‘baffling’, and highlighted the ease with which he could purchase a gun.
‘That’s what America is known for,’ Hendriks added. ‘There’s a lot of things that are good over here, but you look at the negatives and it’s just the complete…
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‘I can walk into a store as a non-American and buy a handgun in certain states. That baffles me. I had to take a driving test when I was over here.
‘I won’t have to take a test if I want to get a gun. That’s stupid. Whoever thought that was a great idea is an idiot.’
Firearm sales are well above pre-pandemic levels, with purchases in the first half of this year 33 per cent up from 2019 and 27 per cent up from 2018, according to Small Arms Analytics.
Hendriks, from Australia, hit out at the US gun culture in the aftermath of Monday’s tragedy
Hendriks added: ‘We really need to reflect on what’s going on.
‘Too many people are dying and it’s no excuse to be on this side or that side,’ he said. ‘That’s no excuse. At some point, things need to get done.
‘It’s getting to the point where civilization as you know it may be ending because there’s two drastically different sides.
‘Something needs to change, something needs to happen, and it needs to happen quick.’