On July 26, 2020, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot declared on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Windy City is being “inundated with guns” from other states.
She then called on President Donald Trump to pass gun control measures if he was genuinely serious about fixing the situation in Chicago.
Axios reported that at least “414 people have been murdered in Chicago through July 19.”
“The fact of the matter is our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns in our streets — 60% of which come from states outside of Illinois. We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons,” Lightfoot commented.
“That is the thing that if the president really wanted to help, that and the other things I identified in my letter he could do today, tomorrow. But he’s not really interested in helping in that way,” she added.
Last week, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr announced that the Justice Department would “immediately surge” law enforcement to Chicago in order to tame the violence. Lightfoot claims to have received promises that the federal agents sent to Chicago would be focused on dealing with gun violence instead of targeting protesters.
“No troops, no agents that are coming in outside of our knowledge, notification and control that are violating people’s constitutional rights. That’s the framework,” Lightfoot remarked.
“We can’t just allow anyone to come into Chicago, play police in our streets and neighborhoods when they don’t know the first thing about our city. That’s a recipe for disaster,” she concluded.
Like most leftist elected officials, Lightfoot prefers to blame outside forces for her city’s dilapidated state as opposed to her misguided policies.
Taking responsibility is not the Left’s strong suit.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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