Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a tendency to shift the blame for her city’s high violent crime rate. Usually, she blames Indiana’s gun laws for her city’s problems. Her claim is that because guns are easier to get there–and she blames plenty of other states as well–criminals take them to Chicago.
She never quite explains how, if lax gun laws are the problem, why Indiana and the other states she blames aren’t warzones like Chicago.
Now, though, she’s demanding federal gun control.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is growing increasingly frustrated with the availability of guns on the streets after a 7-year-old girl was shot and killed in a McDonald’s drive-thru over the weekend.
“Folks, we are living in madness if we don’t step up and deal with this problem. So yes, I’m very satisfied with what our police superintendent and the police department are doing in an impossible environment where we got to have help,” Lightfoot said.
The mayor called once again for common sense federal gun control legislation on Monday, but also called out the courts for not doing more.
“We’ve got to actually hold people accountable who are wreaking havoc in our streets, the fact that we have gone now 13 months and we don’t have criminal trials in Cook County,” Lightfoot said.
Actually, yeah, you need to hold people accountable.
However, there’s a lot more to violent crime than just that. While criminal trials have been on hiatus due to COVID, Chicago wasn’t exactly a picture of peace and harmony before the pandemic.
That’s because Lightfoot is quick to spend her time as mayor lashing out about how all of this is someone else’s fault and absolutely no time digging into the roots of the problem in her city.
The fact that a young child paid for that lapse is horrible, but it’s not because of a lack of federal gun control.
Time and time again, we see that criminals bypass gun laws via things like straw purchases and black-market gun sales. Until and unless you combat those, you’re not going to actually touch on how criminals get guns. All Lightfoot is calling for is more infringements on the rights of law-abiding Americans because she can’t deal with the very people who aren’t following laws in the first place.
Yet there’s little the rest of the country can do. Lightfoot is a mayor of a city that really does think gun control works. Despite all the evidence around them each and every day, they think it works. There’s absolutely no ability for anyone outside of Chicago to vote her out.
However, it’s also time that people explain to the good folks of Chicago that gun control is a non-starter for millions of Americans, that none of Illinois’ gun control has done a damn thing to help them, and if laxer gun laws are the cause then why are none of these other states experiencing these problems. If they want their city safe, they need to step up vote out people like Lightfoot who don’t want to do anything except whine that the world isn’t conforming to their will.