“How long are we going to accept this in America?” Durbin asked during an interview with Fox News.
Durbin called Highland Park the safest place in Illinois before the attack.
“One crazed person with a weapon that can fire so many rounds so quickly has changed this community forever,” the Illinois Democrat told Fox News.
“This has gone way beyond any Second Amendment right that someone can purchase a weapon that creates that much devastation,” Durbin, a Democrat, said. “Voters need to elect people who want real gun safety.”
Vice President Kamala Harris is traveling to Chicago on Tuesday to speak at the National Education Association’s annual meeting. Over the holiday weekend, more than 54 were shot in the city, with seven killed.
“I know what Kamala is going to say,” Durbin told Fox News. “She’s fed up with this, and I am too.”
“The question is whether the American people are fed up,” he continued.
Do Americans “want to give up the safety of the classroom, the safety of the supermarket, the safety of the church, the safety of the parade?” Durbin asked.
“Let’s protect those basic elements of human life,” he said.