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Highland Park shooting survivor wants to rethink gun violence – Chicago Tribune

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If Emily Lieberman after hearing the gunshots, her first instinct was to grab her then 5-year-old daughter.

She and 13 members of her extended family attended Highland Park Fourth of July Parade, like every year. But this time, in a matter of seconds, the lively summer festival turned into a scene of horror when the distinct sounds of gunfire were heard down the street.

“When you hear these sounds overhead, and they’re coming one after the other, they sound so close to you,” Lieberman said. “You have no idea how many people are shooting or where it’s coming from. All you know is that we’re going to be attacked and people are going to die, and I hope it’s not us.”

Lieberman continues to see the effects of the massacre in her home, in her pediatric office and throughout the community where she grew up and raises her own children.

Now, as a mother, doctor, and victim of mass shootings, Lieberman is turning his experience into fuel for change to the Fourth of March, a foundation founded shortly after the Highland Park shooting to advocate for a federal assault rifle ban. She wants to reframe gun violence as a public health crisis and has worked across the country to mobilize other health professionals to join the fight to end mass shootings.

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