Lori Lightfoot, the Democratic Mayor of Chicago, issued an extremely impassioned cry for help, seeking state and federal aid in the wake of the city’s second mass shooting in under a week’s time, reported ABC News. The Mayor event went as far as begging the Biden administration and the governor’s office of Illinois for assistance in stopping the city’s insanely out-of-control gun violence.
Mayor Lightfoot focused her pleas on solutions for the “illegal gun” problem, which seems to suggest that Chicago, which has just about the strictest gun control laws in the nation, is currently ailing due to the fact that there is less strict gun laws in other places and a complete lack of united federal response to the illicit gun market.
“We must acknowledge this for what it is—a tragedy that has ripped apart families and inflicted intense trauma on several individuals,” orated Lightfoot on Tuesday in reference to the second mass shooting, which took place at a house that has had a large number of previous “disturbance” complaints. “It tells us that we still have much work to do.”
She stated that she had a theory that the shootings have not been the results of problems with the Chicago police department, but with issues with the presence of illegal guns.
“What we will likely learn as the details become clearer is that illegal guns continue to plague us,” stated Lightfoot. “Gun violence continues to have a deep and painful history in our city. Unfortunately, Chicago is not unique. We are part of a club of cities for which no one wants to belong, cities with mass shootings.”
After the long list of excuses, she turned her tirade towards the federal government.
“This is a national problem,” She exclaimed.
“Cities individually cannot tackle this problem. We just cannot. In Chicago, we’ve done absolutely everything possible and we need help from the federal government,” stated Lightfoot. “When guns are so porous that they can come across our borders as we see every single day in Chicago, we know that we have to have a multi-jurisdictional, national solution to this horrible plague of gun violence.”
A study done by Chicago Business did cite that guns were one factor in the rising rate of violence seen in Chicago, but there was a slew of other determining factors as well. Just this past year, David Brown, the Police Chief of Chicago, pointed out an extreme “lack of consequences” for Chicago’s gun offenders which in effect rendered all of Chicago’s extreme gun control policies neutered.
“Electronic monitoring and low bond amounts given to offenders endanger our residents and flies in the face of the hard work our police officers put in on a daily basis to take them off the streets,” stated brown during a press conference back in June of 2020, in the wake of an especially blood-soaked Father’s Day weekend. At one point, the Chicago Police Department attempted to address the issues surrounding gun offenders being given essentially a slap on the wrist by creating a database of all gun offenders, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The effort has since been basically abandoned.