Murders Continue Climbing in the Windy City
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News has been a great source for the documentation of the growing crime epidemic taking place in Chicago.
In a recent report, he revealed that from January 1, 2020 to October 31, 2020 murders increased 51 percent in the Windy City compared to the same period in 2019. This is based off of data that the Chicago Sun-Times reported on.
The Times reported that “There have been 655 murders this year through Oct. 31, while the city had 431 during the same period in 2019 — a 51% increase.”
Similarly, total shootings — lethal and non-lethal — increased by 56 percent in the aforementioned period. Hawkins noted the following:
“At least 3,465 people were shot in Chicago through Oct. 31 this year” compared to “2,221 shooting victims during the same period” in 2019.
On Halloween weekend, 29 people were shot, with four people succumbing to gunshot weekends.
We often forget that President Donald Trump offered Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot federal support in order to stem Chicago’s crime wave. Hawkins expanded on Lightfoot’s reluctance to work with President Trump:
For example, on August 8, 2020, Breitbart News reported Lightfoot rejection of calls for federal HOPE response to the looting and violence overnight in Chicago, opting instead to push for more gun control.
Lightfoot was demanding “common sense gun control” in the face of the growing urban unrest engulfing her city. She also relied on the typical trope Chicago politicians use to deflect blame from their questionable gun control and policing measures —guns coming from out of state
In a previous piece for The Hill, it recounted Lightfoot’s appearance on CNN’s State of Union on July 26, 2020, where 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.”
Hawkins brought up some interesting points that Lightfoot conveniently ignored during this interview about Chicago and Illinois’s draconian gun control policies:
She did not mention that between state and local ordinances, Chicago has licensing of gun owners via state required FOID cards, an “assault weapons” ban via a Cook County ordinance, a 72-hour waiting period on gun purchases via state law, and a red flag law, which is statewide as well. Yet murders are still 51 percent higher than they were in 2019.
There are clear divides between various cities and states across the country. President Donald Trump should highlight how a vote for Democrats ensures Chicago-style politics becoming the norm at the national level. And as a result, the country will spiral into dysfunction and social chaos.