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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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Rapper Lil Wayne Breaks the Silence on George Floyd’s Death

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On May 29, 2020, Lil Wayne commented on the death of George Floyd.

The controversial death involved Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin placing his knee on Floyd’s neck as he was handcuffed on the ground.

“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific. … And what I mean by that is we have to stop viewing it with such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge,” Wayne remarked during an IG Live chat with rapper Fat Joe.

Wayne added: “We have to actually get into who that person is. And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”

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On top of that, the New Orleans rapper explained why he doesn’t always go public on these political issues.

“What else am I gonna do after that?” Wayne said to Fat Joe. “Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt and they think they did something. What you gonna do after that? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out there and do something? So, if I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I’ll pray for ya.”

Wayne shared more of his thoughts regarding how people should process information during times of controversy.

“It’s actually learning about it,” Wayne commented. “What we need to do is we need to learn about it more. If we wanna scream about something, know what we’re screaming about. If we wanna protest about something, know what we’re protesting about. Because if we wanna get into it, there’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know. … We scream about things that, sometimes, they really ain’t true.”

Wayne and Joe’s full discussion can be viewed below:

Riots have spread to other cities across the U.S., which included Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed. On May 29, Derek Chauvin received charges of murder and manslaughter in the killing of Floyd.

 

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