Pediatrician who survived Highland Park parade massacre going to Washington to call for assault weapons ban

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (CBS) — They are survivors from 12 mass shootings — lots of of individuals on Thursday will collect in Washington, D.C. to push regulation makers to federally ban assault weapons. 

CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar spoke Wednesday with a pediatrician who has a singular perspective, and loud message for these in D.C.

Emily Lieberman and her household had their image snapped on the Highland Park July 4th parade – simply minutes earlier than a shooter opened hearth on the gang. 


Dr. Emily Lieberman

Seven folks died within the massacre, and dozens had been wounded.

“When we all of the sudden started hearing this, ‘Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop! Pop!’ we knew that we were under attack,” Lieberman stated. “I hid in a bathroom – single-occupancy bathroom – for two and half hours.”

Lieberman’s perspective is not only that of a survivor. She’s Dr. Emily Lieberman – a pediatrician with Lurie Children’s Hospital – and on Thursday, she’s going to communicate to victims and survivors from greater than 12 mass shootings from throughout the nation.

They are all gathering in D.C. to urge regulation makers to ban assault weapons on the federal stage.

“It is my role moving forward to use my voice as a survivor of a mass shooting to protect the health and safety of the children of this country,” Lieberman stated. “This is a crisis, and it’s a public health crisis – and it demands a public health solution.”

The rally was organized by March Fourth — a bunch of volunteers shaped within the days after the Highland Park capturing. Kitty Brandtner is the founder.

“We’ve got folks from Columbine – which was 20 years ago – all the way to as recent as Highland Park,” Brandtner stated. “For the primary time, they are going to be becoming a member of collectively to call for a federal ban on assault weapons, and to ask the Senate to cross this invoice.

And for these who push again on March Fourth’s mission to ban assault-style weapons — or say it would by no means occur on this political local weather – organizers have a message.

“We were told a federal ban would never see the House floor. Two weeks after our rally, not only did it hit the House floor – it was passed,” Brandtner stated. “I will not stop until we have a federal ban on assault weapons.”

Brandtner was referring to a earlier rally held in D.C. simply days after the Highland Park capturing.  

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