Chicago, Illinois is one of several major U.S. cities that is facing ongoing acts of violence, riots, and other forms of lawlessness.
Cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Portland, and others are meeting scrutiny as the nation watches the destruction. Conservatives have criticized the liberal mayors who refuse to uphold law and order while simultaneously demonizing the law enforcement communities that could put an end to this violence.
Lori Lightfoot, the mayor of Chicago, continues to maintain that the city does not need federal troops, the Illinois National Guard, or any heightened police presence. Instead, the city is more focused on enacting even higher levels of gun control, as documented by Breitbart News.
Why is Chicago Seeking More Gun Control?
Chicago presently has some of the strictest gun control measures in the nation. In spite of this, shootings and other acts of crime continue to surge. Mayor Lightfoot has attempted to blame this on “illegal” guns arriving from other states.
Thus far, the Democrat mayor remains consistent in her refusal to acknowledge even a possible link between more gun control and more shootings. Republicans have consistently warned that gun control only leaves law-abiding citizens at the mercy of criminals with no regard for gun control (or any) laws.
What we experienced this morning is not who we are.
We cannot let the actions of some destroy the fabric of our city and who we are as proud Chicagoans. pic.twitter.com/zK0acm1M1B
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 11, 2020
During this week alone, looters, rioters, and other anarchists have plagued the Chicago streets with crime yet again. However, Lightfoot still continues to reject the option of bringing federal troops into the city.
Instead, the Chicago mayor responded to recent acts of violence by condemning situations that allegedly permit “anybody and their brother” to “bring illegal guns” into Chicago.
A Deeper Dive into the Chicago Mayor’s Response to Local Crime
During a press conference yesterday, the Chicago mayor announced a “neighborhood protection plan” for various community businesses. Lightfoot also stated that access to downtown Chicago is limited between the hours of 8:00 PM and 6:00 AM.
Additional restrictions include “access points” for downtown workers and residents. Finally, Lightfoot informed Chicago residents that certain streets would be cut off to the general public “until further notice.”
The city will be deploying more than 100 infrastructure assets citywide that will be strategically positioned by the Chicago Police Department to protect neighborhood commercial corridors and critical businesses, such as grocery stores and pharmacies.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 10, 2020
Critics of the Chicago mayor have maintained that the aforementioned measures do nothing to foster long-term solutions against crime. Thus far, however, these steps (along with more gun control) comprise the path that Mayor Lightfoot remains committed to.
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