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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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Career Criminal Killed Two Siblings in Stolen Car Crash…He was Free Despite 18 Prior Felony Convictions

This is what liberal criminal justice reform creates.

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Orlando, Fla. resident Reginald Lamar Harris, 47, is behind bars yet again after speeding on the wrong side of the road after allegedly stealing a car and killing two siblings while being chased by law enforcement.

Harris has quite the extensive rap sheet, which includes 18 felony convictions, 20 misdemeanor convictions, and eight prison sentences, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Still, he was allowed back on the streets despite his history of recidivism, and two innocent people are now dead as a result.

“I mean, the bottom line is (he was a) career criminal. He murdered two people. Those kids were murdered. It’s no different than if he took a gun and put it to their heads, what he did to those kids,” Chitwood said.

Harris was believed to have been driving in excess of 100 miles per hour during the time of the crash. 21-year-old Domynick Milis, and his 18-year-old sister, Danycka Milis, were killed in the crash. Kyley Larsen, 17, and Drake Milis, 13, were in the back seat and injured in the crash but are expected to survive. The survivors have created a GoFundMe which has already raised almost $150,000.

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Big League Politics has reported on the explosion of crime across the country as liberal criminal justice reform allows dangerous thugs back onto the streets:

A 21-year old man with two convictions for violent crimes as a juvenile has been arrested in the shooting homicide of a Nashville, Tennessee nurse. 26-year Caitlyn Kaufman was shot and killed as she was driving to work at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville in I-440 on December 3rd, with local law enforcement launching an extensive investigation to apprehend a suspect afterwards.

An anonymous tip led Metropolitan Nashville Police to arrest 21-year old Devaunte Hill at an apartment complex on Friday. He’s being charged with criminal homicide in the death of Kaufman.

NMPD Chief John Drake announced in a press conference that 21-year old Hill had implicated himself in the highway shooting death of Kaufman in an interview with detectives following his arrest. Ballistic testing also allegedly matches rounds fired in the shooting with a 9mm handgun in Hill’s possession. A motive in the shooting is still unclear, with the investigation indicating that six rounds were fired at Kaufman’s vehicle from the corner of the road…

Shockingly, Hill was originally charged with four counts of attempted homicide in his 2016 aggravated assault conviction, having shot his grandmother and his minor sister and nephews. Somehow, he was spared serious prison time after shooting three people, including two children.

Most recently, Hill was arrested as an adult on charges of charges of assault, driving without a license, failure to be booked and drug paraphernalia dating back to as recently as August.

Left-wing policies combined with a religious devotion to diversity and multiculturalism are a death sentence to Western Civilization. There will be more innocent people who suffer due to this agenda.

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