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Axios: Highland Park looks back one year after deadly July 4 parade shooting

By Carrie Shepherd

Tuesday marks one year since a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park left seven people dead.

Zoom in: Frustration around stalled gun reform legislation has prompted one Highland Park teen to take action.

  • 18-year-old Jacob Hoyt joined Project Unloaded, which uses social media to encourage open conversations about gun safety, after witnessing the parade shooting with his high school robotics team last summer.

What they’re saying: “Project Unloaded is basically saying, ‘Hey, we’re trying to change the culture around owning a gun,'” Hoyt told Axios. “I don’t think anyone else has really tried this. And so it’s worth giving it a shot.”

How it works: Project Unloaded uses TikTok influencers and digital ads to get information about gun safety to teenagers, according to founder Nina Vinik.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/local/chicago/2023/07/03/highland-park-july-4-shooting-memorial

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