To Chicago politicians like Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, the city’s current crime wave can only be addressed by putting more gun control laws on the books. There are several problems with that “solution,” starting with the fact that making it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights won’t bother criminals one bit. But there’s also the fact that there are plenty of laws already on the books in Chicago, and the criminal justice system is failing to actually deliver justice to those responsible for the violence.
Take the recent arrests in a carjacking in the city. As the website CWB Chicago reported, both men taken into custody are already known to authorities.
Two men, both on probation for felony gun violations, used a rifle and a handgun to carjack a couple in West Town on Monday, prosecutors said. Judge Barbara Dawkins ordered Allen Clay, 20, and Naronn Cain, 25, held without bail.
Just before 2 a.m., Cain and Clay allegedly approached a couple who were sitting inside a 2011 Kia Optima on the 2600 block of West Division. Prosecutors said Cain pointed a rifle at the 27-year-old driver while Clay pointed a handgun at a 23-year-old woman in the passenger seat. Both carjackers were allegedly wearing black masks.
Illinois State Police intercepted the hijacked vehicle and a tail car on the Dan Ryan, according to a CPD report, but the two vehicles split up as troopers pursued them.
Police arrested Cain and Clay after the hijacked car crashed at 87th and State streets. ISP found a rifle, a handgun, and a balaclava-style facemask inside the vehicle, according to CPD records.
Prosecutors charged both men with two counts of aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm.
According to CWB Chicago, the 25-year old Cain is also currently on probation for his second gun conviction. In 2016 Clay was given conditional discharge for misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, and in 2020 he was pleaded guilty to felony unlawful use of a weapon; receiving an 18-month probationary sentence.
His alleged accomplice, meanwhile, is also on probation for unlawful use of a weapon. The 20-year old took a plea deal last November and was given a sentence of 24-months on probation.
The good news is that Chicago police were actually able to make two arrests here. In fact, they weren’t the only ones arrested for carjacking in the city this week. Police also took a 16-year old girl into custody after charging her with multiple carjackings over the past two months.
Police say the teen’s first crime was on February 18, when she took a car from a 36-year-old man in the 200-block of South Wells. The second alleged carjacking was from a 60-year-old woman in the 2100-block of South Princeton on February 19.
Police said the teen then carjacked a 27-year-old man in the 200-block of West 23rd Place on February 21.
The final charge is for a carjacking involving a 35-year-old man in the 2300-block of South Princeton on March 24.
I’m glad to see some arrests being made, especially given the low clearance rate for crimes like carjackings. Still, who knows how swiftly these suspects may be returned to the streets of Chicago, because rather than address the crumbling court system Chicago’s politicians would much rather continue to blame legal gun owners and our Second Amendment rights for their crime woes.