Emotional Ozzie Guillén reacts to Highland Park, IL Mass Shooting – NBC Chicago
Emotional Ozzie Guillén reacts to Highland Park mass shooting originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
All of Chicagoland is reacting to the deadly mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, which took place during the city’s 4th of July parade.
The White Sox have a crucial division game against the Twins with it weighing on their hearts. Ahead of the game, closer Liam Hendriks denounced US gun laws, citing how relaxed they are on getting a driver’s license.
On NBC Sports Chicago’s “White Sox Pregame Live,” former manager and current analyst Ozzie Guillén addressed the shooting.
“It’s a bit sad, because when you choose a city, a country like we choose and these things happen and the last thing you want to think about is the game tonight. Very big game. Very big game .
“And it’s such a sad day, which repeats itself over and over again. It’s a super important game today in Chicago. But that’s the last thing we had to have on our minds because our hearts are Breeze for the community of Highland Park For us here in Illinois This is our home and just a very sad day.
“I’m sad for the families and everyone affected by this. And I’m proud to make my life in America and especially here in Chicago, Illinois home to my family, my children, my grandchildren.
“But days like this are very, very hard to forget because I see this thing happening over and over and over again. And to be a grandfather now, you wonder where do we go?
“Okay, let’s play the game and enjoy it. But that’s the second thought we’re going to have in our minds on a day like today.”
Later in the show, Guillén reacted to Hendriks’ earlier comments about American gun culture.
“I come from a very difficult country,” Guillén said. And the reason people move to this beautiful country is because of security — all the good things that can happen here. I keep saying it’s not a perfect country, but it’s the best. there is no doubt. If you don’t believe me, get out of the US to see how good we have it here.
“But I support him 100% because right now I’m [60 years old] and I worry about how [that’s the country] we chose to raise my children and my grandchildren. Yes, I am very proud to do so. But in the meantime, we worry more about different things. … We are not paying attention to the problem – the biggest problem in this country: raising children, a great family, being safe.
“Being safe, secure and being educated is the best thing you can give your kids growing up. And I think right now we’re a little behind in both of those things.”