Illinois lt. governor blames guns for Highland Park

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What transpired on Monday in Highland Park can only be described as a tragedy. It’s awful, and while a suspect is in custody, there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Yet for Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, there’s only one possible cause for what happened.

Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton (D) called for stricter gun control laws and said, “there are too many guns on our streets,” in a statement after a gunman murdered at least six and injured 24 more at a July 4 parade in Chicago’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Stratton offered her prayers for the Highland Park community but noted that “the pain we are feeling today is not normal and should never be.”

Stratton then went on to call for increased gun control.

“As we struggle to process all that is happening today, we must again say ENOUGH,” Stratton said. “There are too many guns on our streets and we must enact common-sense gun laws, stricter policies, and put resources in place to build the safe, healthy communities everyone deserves.”

Except, we don’t know much of anything about how the shooter got his gun. We haven’t even officially been told that the suspect in custody is the shooter, after all, much less how he got a firearm.

Further, Illinois is already one of the most restrictive states when it comes to guns. How much further does Stratton really think they can take it without running afoul of the Supreme Court and the recent Bruen decision?

Then again, if Stratton were really that concerned about constitutionality, it’s unlikely her initial reaction here would be gun control.

After all, the extensive gun control laws on the books in Illinois failed to prevent Highland Park, something we’re told they would do. If Stratton wants to actually do something that would work, the least she could do is wait until we actually know something of substance.

Yet Stratton is like so many other anti-gun ghouls.

She’s hopping onto the bodies of the dead and using them as a soapbox from which to push for an agenda that has nothing at all to do with what happened. I’m sure in no time flat she’ll be calling for specific laws, many of which won’t have any impact on what transpired, simply because it’s policy to never let a good crisis go to waste.

What happened in Highland Park is awful. There’s no debate there.

Yet as to how to properly address it, there is plenty of debate to be had. However, if one of the most oppressive gun control schemes in the nation failed to prevent a mass shooting, especially after California and New York also failed to prevent them, then I fail to see how more gun control would have done anything to prevent Highland Park or prevent another mass shooting in the future.

Then again, it’s never really about the mass shooting, it’s about how much more gun control can they ram through before people change their mind about accepting such measures.