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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Blames America’s High Regard for Freedom for the City’s Widespread Gun Violence

America’s most violent city.

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Chicago has become a punching bag of sorts for many on the Right.

The city’s notoriously high crime rates and perennially leftist governments make it an easy target. Now, under the leadership of Mayor of Lori Lightfoot, the city has become one of the largest hubs of social dysfunction.

On any given weekend, dozens of people are shot thanks to the city’s widespread criminal activity, which is largely the result of its lax policing standards. We shouldn’t forget that the Cook County board shut down its gang database due to complaints from leftist activists accusing it for being “racist” in its statistical findings of which groups tended to be largely involved in gangs.

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Nevertheless, Chicago leadership will now blame phantoms such as “white supremacy” or guns coming from more pro-gun states such as Indiana for the surge in gun violence. The typical blame game that deflects from problems that these governments cooked up themselves.

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Lightfoot herself has ratcheted up the accusations against outside states such as Indiana for supposedly “inundating” her state and city with firearms.  She declared “we are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons—that is hurting cities like Chicago.”

Frankly, the assertion that there is no gun control is asinine. There are countless gun control laws effective at the federal and state level. Chicago, for example, is situated in a state — Illinois — that does not exactly play nice with gun owners. For example, the state’s tough gun control laws place it in an awful 41st place in Guns & Ammo magazine’s latest rankings for most pro-gun states in the country.

In a post for America’s 1st Freedom, Charles C.W. Cooke observed that “Most firearms used in crimes in Illinois are bought in Illinois, not elsewhere.” In addition, Cooke notes that “Democrat-run states, such as California and New York, also border states with fewer gun-control laws, and they have managed to avoid Chicago’s fate—as, for that matter, have the states that Lightfoot blames.”

Lightfoot is also obsessed with so-called “assault weapons” despite data showing that they account for very little of the crimes committed on an annual basis. Cooke set the record straight on Chicago’s alleged “assault weapon” problem:

In recent years, the percentage of murders in Illinois that were committed with rifles of all types—that is, not just those that are arbitrarily deemed “assault weapons”—was one. One percent. That, clearly, is a tiny number—especially when compared to knives and hands and fists, which accounted for around 10% of all murders in Illinois—and yet, astonishingly, it represents a larger number of murders committed with rifles than is the case in the “loose” states about which Lightfoot is complaining. Here, as ever, the monomaniacal focus on “assault weapons” yields nonsense all the way down.

Lightfoot must come to grips with the fact that Chicago’s problems are largely her fault. Instead of blaming other states, she should reassess the policies that she and her predecessors have implemented. Not recognizing the errors of these policies will only continue to make Chicago deteriorate.

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ICE Issues Detainer on Illegal Alien Felon Arrested in Shootings of Two Houston Police Officers

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A man arrested in the shootings of two Houston, Texas police officers- one of whom has died- is an illegal alien.

Breitbart Texas reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a detainer request on 51-year old Elmer Rolando Manzano on Tuesday, with the immigration agency revealing that Manzano is an illegal alien with a history of felony criminal convictions in the United States.

Elmer Rolando Manzano-Martinez, 51, is a citizen of El Salvador and convicted criminal alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S. On Oct. 20, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) in Houston, Texas, placed an immigration detainer with the Harris County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) on Manzano-Martinez after he was arrested for murder.

Two officers of the Houston Police Department had arrived at an apartment complex to respond to reports of a domestic disturbance, with officers having previously been called to the residence in response to instances of Manzano fighting with his wife. Upon the arrival of the police, Manzano opened fire, shooting Sgt. Harold Preston multiple times, including in the head.

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65-year old Preston was a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo went on to describe Sgt. Preston as a pillar of the community at a press conference at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

We’ve lost just a wonderful human being,” Acevedo said of Preston after announcing that he had died in the shooting. “He is leading with men and women on streets, instead of choosing to sit in an office drinking coffee and reading the paper. That is the man he was — he is a man who lived with elderly parents to take care of them. As good as he was as a cop, he was a better human being, that is just the guy that he was and we are going to miss him.

Another officer, Courtney Waller, survived the shootings and is recovering from a gunshot to the arm.

After barricading himself in the residence, Manzano surrendered to police and was arrested hours after the shooting. Chief Acevedo expects the criminal alien to be charged with murder.

Click 2 Houston reported on Manzano’s extensive history of felony criminal convictions shortly after his arrest. The illegal alien has been convicted of unlawful carrying of a firearm in October 1994; assault in August 2000 and December 2000; felony assault and causing bodily injury to a family member in May 2001; and evading arrest with a motor vehicle in December 2002.

Somehow, the repeat felon has proved capable of remaining in the United States and evading deportation, despite his criminal history.

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