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Not just crime rates, y’all. MURDER.
From last year’s July to this year’s July, the murder rate has increased by 139%. Hmm, what’s different about this year than last year, you wonder?
ABC7 reported there were 105 murders in July 2020, up from “the 44 reported in July 2019.”
Moreover, there were 406 “shooting incidents” in Chicago during the month of July 2020, an increase of 75 percent “from the 232 last July,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Over a longer span of time, murders were up 51 percent from January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, compared to murders for the same period of time in 2019, according to the Sun-Times.
Well, Lori Lightfoot seems to believe that this increase is due to illegal guns inundating the streets of Chicago… from other states. Let that sink in.
I missed the part where guns are living, volitional things.
Lightfoot blamed Chicago mayhem and bloodshed on gun friendly states during a July 26, 2020, appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.
According to The Hill, Lightfoot told CNN, “Our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns on our streets, 60 percent of which come from states outside of Illinois.”
She added, “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.”
She’s blaming gun friendly states for Chicago’s bloodshed.
This is what ‘check all the boxes’ voting looks like.
Last I checked, there is already a ban on assault weapons in Chicago, background checks are a FEDERAL requirement for ALL gun sales, and obtaining a Firearm Owners Identification card, which includes a background check, is required of Chicago residents prior to legally possessing a firearm.