CHICAGO, IL – What’s easier than accepting responsibilities for your own failures as a mayor? Blaming everything from guns to President Trump.
We’re talking about Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the democrat who runs Chicago.
She recently attempted to pass the blame to President Trump for the increasing surge of gun violence in her city.
Over the last weekend, Chicago saw one of its deadliest and most violent, with 60 people shot, 13 of which were killed.
Independence Day weekend held a record for as many as 70 people shot and 14 killed by gun violence in the Windy City.
Mayor Lightfoot appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports this week and blasted President Trump for her city’s exploding gun violence. She blamed the uptick as a “direct result” of failed leadership by federal government. She stated:
“If the president was really committed to helping us deal with our violence, he would do some easy things…He would push to make sure that people who were banned from getting on airplanes can’t get guns”.
Ms. Lightfoot also seems to think that a Universal background check will help stop the gun violence in Chicago. Does she realize that a majority of criminals do not go to the local sporting goods stores and purchase these weapons legally?
Mayor Lightfoot even attempts to pass the rising gun violence on the neighboring state of Indiana.
She claimed the citizens of Chicago can “cross the border and literally load up a vehicle with military-style weapons and bring them back to the City of Chicago” (spoiler alert: they can’t do that legally).
Yet President Trump sent out a Tweet in early July offering Federal assistance to Chicago and New York City. It was an attempt to bolster resources so these cities can combat their upward spiral of gun violence… and it appears that his offer of assistance was either unnoticed or blatantly ignored by Mayor Lightfoot.
NBC News recently reported that gun violence in Chicago has surged 76% since last year, with a majority of the violence occurring in the city’s South and West side, which has a high concentration of predominantly black and brown residents.
According to Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research:
“People who get involved in violence, many of them are financially insecure, housing insecure, food insecure – their whole life is insecure”.
Maybe Ms. Lightfoot should have taken up the President on his offer of support and used the opportunity to increase affordable housing in the Chicago area, which is known for it’s notably high housing costs or help increase the job market in order to help deter some of the crime in her city.
Instead, she chooses to continue to make excuses as to why she hasn’t addressed the increase in gun violence and blame others for her lack of quality leadership over a community that will be forever stained red from the bloody violence that occurs.
With her direct rebuff of the president’s offer of assistance, all these unnecessary deaths that occur should ride on her conscience.
Here’s more on last weekend’s violence, as reported earlier this week:
The weekend ending on July 12th proved to be yet another violent one for the city of Chicago, with reportedly dozens shot and eight people killed. Of those fatally gunned down, reports say that one of the victims was a 15-year-old boy.
https://t.co/5fKCt3K3Ng. Sunday morning body count. Whole 2nd half of the weekend for BLM to take a stand.
— DPV 🇺🇸 (Parler: @Dvanek) (@rumpole57) July 12, 2020
As of Sunday, July 12th, gun-controlled Chicago managed to reach 47 people shot during that very weekend. Of those 47 people injured by gunfire, police say that eight were killed over the three-day period.
The most recent fatal shooting happened on the morning of July 12th, when a 52-year-old man was gunned down while two others were critically wounded in a shooting that took place in Humboldt Park on the city’s West Side.
According to the Chicago Police department, the trio of victims were struck by gunfire at 12:44 a.m. in the 1100-block of North Lawndale Avenue after getting into some sort of a physical confrontation with a group of individuals present.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) July 12, 2020
Police say that the 52-year-old man was hit in the neck with gunfire, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not apprehended any suspects in said shooting.
A few hours prior to the early morning shooting on Sunday, police say that a 33-year-old woman was shot dead and two others were wounded in a shooting that took place in Avalon Park. CPD says that the shooting happened around 9:40 p.m. No leads or suspects were mentioned, as the assailant(s) were said to have indiscriminately fired upon the three women in the park that evening.
On July 11th at approximately 1:04 a.m., police responded to a shots fired call in Park Manor on the city’s South Side. Upon arriving, police discovered the body of a 41-year-old man in an alley in the 7000-block of South King Drive. Investigators reported that the victim was shot in the back and chest and that no one is in custody as of now.
47 Shot, 7 Dead Over the Weekend Across Chicago. “I’m sick of it. I’m tired of it. We talk about Black Lives Matter, but I’m sick and tired of what’s going on in these streets,” said Erikka Gordon, Malden’s aunt, according to ABC7.https://t.co/8Wh1h2hJcX
— Pedro Frazão 🇵🇹🇺🇸 (@FrazaoPs) July 12, 2020
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Shortly thereafter, another 41-year-old male was found shot to death at 1:32 a.m. in the 300-block of North Ashland Avenue. Police say the victim was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and was pronounced dead on the scene. Once again, no suspects are in custody at this time.
A double shooting that took place on July 10th in Roseland within the city’s South Side left a man wounded and a 26-year-old woman fatally shot after some sort of a verbal spat at a local gas station.
Witnesses say that the two victims had gotten into some kind of argument with two individuals at a gas station located nearby 111th and State street, and the two individuals followed the victims’ vehicle and began firing shots at it. There’s no word yet on any possible suspects in custody.
Police also say that 15-year-old boy was fatally shot on July 10th within the city’s South Side at approximately 4:48 p.m. on the 9800 block of South Hoxie Avenue. Reports indicate that the young man was standing on the street when a vehicle pulled up and opened fire on him, shooting him in the back.
There’s been no word yet if anyone is in custody regarding the case.
An unidentified male was also found shot and killed inside of a home at about 5:30 a.m. on July 10th in the 5400-block of South Talman Avenue, according to the CPD. A witness referred to the deceased as their friend and stated someone shot him inside the home and departed, but was unable to recollect the victim’s name when questioned, despite saying they were friends.
Another male victim was gunned down while standing on the sidewalk at about 10:55 a.m. on the 4000-block of West Potomac Avenue. Witnesses allege that someone ran up to the victim and shot them. Police say that the unnamed victim was around their 20-30s, and died shortly after arriving at the hospital. It was noted that he was shot four times collectively, among the face, chest and torso.
There also have been no arrests mentioned yet by police in said case.
In the meantime, a 23-month-old boy was killed on Tuesday when he was beaten to death during a domestic dispute in a Bronzeville, a south side Chicago neighborhood, authorities said.
Police said the suspect punched the 23-month-old boy multiple times in the face around 12:11 p.m. on the 4200 block of South Calumet Avenue.
The young child, Antwun Gayden, was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at at 12:41 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The 23-month-old boy was reportedly beaten to death during a domestic dispute in a Chicago neighborhood. https://t.co/JacION8ytU
— ActionNewsJax (@ActionNewsJax) July 8, 2020
According to police, the adult male suspect, with whom they have a long history with, has an unspecified mental illness and was taken into custody at the scene.
Area One detectives are investigating and charges are pending, a Chicago Police Department spokesman told Fox News.
In addition to police, The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is investigating the situation, said chief of staff Jassen Strokosch. Strokosch said DCFS had no prior contact with the family.
Chicago police questioning man after 2-year-old boy dies following beating https://t.co/c3CRLIbvTy
— Chicago Breaking News (@ChicagoBreaking) July 7, 2020
Chicago has seen a spike in violence in recent weeks. Since mid-June, four children under the age of 10, all unintended targets according to police, have lost their lives to gun violence, CBS Chicago has reported.
- On June 20th, 3-year-old Mekhi James was shot in the back while riding in his stepfather’s SUV on the 600 block of North Central Avenue. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition, but later was pronounced dead. Police have said the shooter was targeting the 27-year-old stepfather.
- On June 27th, 1-year-old Sincere Gaston was shot and killed while riding home from the laundromat with his mother in Englewood. His mother was also grazed by a bullet. Police have said the shooter may have been targeting Sincere’s father, who was not in the car.
- On June 28th, 10-year-old Lena Nunez was fatally wounded when a stray bullet pierced the window of an apartment in Logan Square, as a group of men apparently was shooting at someone else on the street outside.
- On the Fourth of July, 7-year-old Natalia Wallace was shot in the head while playing in her grandmother’s front yard in the South Austin neighborhood. Investigators claim a group of gunmen opened fire on the 100 block of North Latrobe Avenue, in apparent retaliation for an earlier shooting that killed a brother of one of the shooters. Police have made on arrest, that being the alleged getaway driver, who is being held without bail on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. The three others involved are still on the loose.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot responded to the death of Natalia Wallace on Monday.
“Thoughts and prayers are simply not enough at this point. Sorrow itself is not enough. What it says is we need to do better as a city.”
In response to recent violence, Pastor Donovan Price called for residents to take back their city, recalling meeting the family of a Sincere Gaston, the 1-year-old who was shot leaving a laundromat with his mother in June.
— Deborah Blum (@deborahblum) July 3, 2020
The Pastor remembered:
“Utter chaos, of course. And sadness, grief beyond grief.
“Some of the worst things you could ever imagine: a mother losing her child. Blood all over the mother. [I] got blood on me. She herself had a graze wound to her head. Since then, a 3-year-old I’d worked with who was shot as well.”
Chicago Police released statistics showing there were at least 17 people killed by gunfire over the Fourth of July holiday weekend alone, including multiple children. An additional 70 people were wounded.
This comes as Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown plead with residents to come together with police, the government and the courts to make the city’s streets safer, in an op-ed published in the Chicago Tribune on Monday.
Brown appeared to take a well-deserved jab at the courts when he wrote:
“We cannot expect community members to turn criminals over to the police if they know that our criminal justice system will return most of those criminals right back to the street.”
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