Chicago Mayor Clueless About Crime in Her City
After a record number of shootings last year and 875 deaths, nearly twice as many as in 2019, violent crime in Chicago is on track to set a new record this year. According to Newsweek, there were 956 shootings in Chicago resulting in 185 deaths during the first quarter of 2021, a 14% increase in homicide compared to the same period last year. In the face of last year’s skyrocketing homicide rate and Black Lives Matter riots, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposed cutting the police department’s budget by $59 million, while telling reporters that she does not support defunding the police as reported by CBS News. She has variously blamed Chicago’s shootings and murders on former President Trump, the Corona Virus, and gun laws in Indiana and Texas.
Following two mass shootings in Chicago last week with 18 shot and 5 dead, Mayor Lightfoot went on television to blame the massacres on “illegal guns.” Two days later she declared racism in Chicago a “public health crisis” stating, “We can no longer allow racism to rob our residents of the opportunity to live and lead full, healthy and happy lives.” This is a remarkable statement from the mayor of a city setting records for homicides where 78% of the victims are black and 75% of the murderers were other blacks. These people did not die because of racism.
At about 9:PM last Saturday a young couple driving home from the Puerto Rican Pride Parade in downtown Chicago were pulled from their car and shot by three armed black men in front of a dozen witnesses. The victims did not know their attackers and no words were exchanged. The 24-year-old father of two died at the scene. His 25-year-old girlfriend was shot in the neck and died three days later. As the shooters ran, several witnesses stood around as the victims lay bleeding on the street. The New York Post has this disturbing video of the murders.
No meaningful effort to control crime in Chicago or any other big city is going to be possible when leaders will not acknowledge that the problem is cultural. Racism and guns have little to do with why people are dying on the streets of Chicago.