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Chicago Mayor is in Denial About Chicago’s Gun Control Failure

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During an interview with New This News, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed Indiana’s relatively lax gun laws for crime in Chicago. Lightfoot does not even acknowledge Chicago gun control playing a role in the city’s notorious issues with gun violence.

Lightfoot argues that criminals take advantage of Indiana gun laws by traveling out of state and obtaining firearms to later use them on the streets of Chicago. She then called for federal gun control laws, such as universal background checks, to solve this problem.

Chicago has built a reputation for its anti-gun ordinances. Chicago banned the ownership of handguns in 1982, and since it was in place until 2010, this gun ban has contributed to its rising homicide rates. After all, bans like these leave the law-abiding defenseless against criminals.

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The results were apparent when Chicago had a gun ban on the books. In 1993, the Chicago Police Department reported on 850 homicide cases. This was 100 more homicides than the city recorded in 2016. The 1990s were a rather violent period in Chicago.  In 1991, there were 921 homicides. In the following year, there were 940 homicides. 1994 witnessed 930 homicides according to Chicago Police Department reports.

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Thankfully, the Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. Chicago (2010) helped overturn this ban.

The good news is that people are waking up to the futility of gun control in Chicago. Even Democratic State Representative La Shawn Ford is starting to acknowledge the viability of concealed carry and is encouraging his constituents to carry in the face of increased crime.

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The Attorney General on His Way Out?: Trump Mulls Firing Bill Barr, Advisers Trying to Dissuade Him

Trump is unhappy about more than just Barr’s recent voter fraud comments.

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President Donald Trump is considering firing Attorney General William Barr, with the Washington Post reporting Wednesday evening that Trump “remained livid” at him.

On Tuesday Barr said that the Justice Department did not find evidence of “fraud on a scale that could have effected a different outcome in the election.”

An unnamed senior administration official told the Post that although Trump is upset about Barr’s comments, he’s also unhappy with Barr about other matters, such as his previous lack of action on the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign and his handling of John Durham.

The president is pressuring Barr to release the “Durham report,” which could implicate officials in using the investigation to target Trump for political reasons. Trump also sees Barr’s secret appointment of Durham to DOJ special counsel as a “stall tactic.”

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AG Barr Reveals John Durham Was Appointed Special Counsel Weeks Before 2020 Election

In the wake of Election Day Attorney General Barr authorized federal prosecutors to “investigate substantial allegations” of voter fraud. But in his comments Tuesday, Barr claimed that “most claims of fraud are very particularized to a particular set of circumstances or actors or conduct.”

“They are not systemic allegations,” said Barr.

Trump may want to fire Barr, but several advisers are trying to persuade him not to, according to the unnamed senior official.

Either way, it’s tough to see how Barr remains attorney general for much longer. If Joe Biden pulls off the steal and gets inaugurated, he will certainly replace Barr with his own AG. And if Trump hangs on for his second and final term, he may very well want to clean house and start afresh.

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