Lockdowns And Gun Control Fail Chicago Again

Opinion By Larry Keane

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Chicago is proving strict gun control laws are a failure. Sadly, it’s a lesson that is costing lives. City and state officials, however, are refusing to learn this tragic lesson.

Criminal misuse of firearms led to the deadliest Memorial Day weekend in the Windy City in five years. That’s despite state, city and police officials preparing for a surge in criminal violence. Democratic Gov. J.D. Pritzker already implemented a statewide stay-at-home order. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, newly sworn Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown and even gun control groups announced deterrence plans ahead of the weekend, doubling efforts to curb expected violence.

On Tuesday morning, following a weekend that saw criminal misuse of firearms result in 10 deaths and 39 wounded, Mayor Lightfoot said, “It was a fail. Whatever the plan was, it didn’t work.’”

Surprise! Criminals Don’t Follow the Law

The numbers were staggering following the weekend and Superintendent Brown reflected, “Most individuals complied with the order…But the stay-at-home order did little to prevent violence…” He attributed Chicago’s high weekend crime figures to “rival gangs” and blamed “clashes involving the sale of illegal drugs.”

Mayor Lightfoot pleaded with Chicagoans following the weekend to do more to help stave off future criminal violence. “We can’t do this alone solely with the resources of the Chicago Police Department and I have said this many times,” she said. Passing the buck seems to be in style right now.

Instead of holding criminals accountable, Illinois public officials are more interested in restricting the liberties of those who follow the law. Criminals have been released from jails, some committing violent crimes right away including murder, and prosecutors announced they wouldn’t prosecute law-breakers during the COVID-19 outbreak. At the same time, Mayor Lightfoot pointed fingers at Superintendent Brown, her hand-picked top cop, and the governor for poor planning, prison releases, and a nonfunctioning judicial system. Superintendent Brown blamed pent up frustration over lengthy lockdown orders by the governor.

Meanwhile, Illinoisans are fed up. More than 100,00 background checks were completed for the sale of a firearm in Illinois during the coronavirus pandemic, coinciding with the nearly 4 million background checks for gun purchases nationwide during the same timeframe. Reports from firearm retailers suggest the many of the purchases have been first-time buyers legitimately concerned for their safety. In strict gun control states, first-time buyers have been surprised by the overly rigorous process.

It turns out mocking law-abiding citizens for exercising their constitutionally-protected Second Amendment rights to protect themselves as many in the media often do, or foolishly urging criminals to “chill” during times of crisis, are failing strategies. The same goes for layering on duplicative gun laws that only target the law-abiding but ignores criminal activity.

Is anyone truly surprised that criminals, who do not obey gun control laws, also refused to abide by “stay-at-home” orders?

Gun Ownership Up, Crime Down

Antigun big-city mayors and governors calling for more gun control are barking up the wrong tree. Firearm ownership in the U.S. is at an all-time high. At the same time, violent crime and homicide are on a continuing downward trend nationally.

NSSF® encourages gun owners to be educated, safe, and responsible. The firearm industry trade association launched the successful initiatives Project ChildSafe® and Operation Secure Store® to reduce unintended firearm accidents in the home and theft and robberies at firearm retailers. These efforts have paid off as unintended firearm fatalities in the United States are at the lowest numbers ever recorded in over one hundred years.

Reducing crime starts with holding criminals accountable. The Department of Justice proved that. The firearm industry has shown that Real Solutions® work. Everything else is scapegoating.



National Shooting Sports FoundationAbout The National Shooting Sports Foundation

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nobodyuknow
nobodyuknow
1 month ago

Cook County, Il – and Illinois in general – is an affront to the Constitution of the United States! What the “elected officials” in these areas refuse to acknowledge is that they are, at heart and personality, Communist inspired!!! Lightfoot is a COMMUNIST right down to the soles of her shoes! You people in Cook Cty. elected this Communist B***H and you can fix the problem at the next election! And the fix is very simple. DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WITH A (D) OR AN (I) BEHIND THEIR NAME!!! ONLY VOTE FOR CANDIDATES WITH A (R) BEHIND THEIR NAME!!!

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
1 month ago

Learn from the mistakes of others for it is impossible for anyone to live long enough to make them all themselves. There is considerable wisdom in that advice. In 1919 a certain group of people here in the United States of America thought all they had to do to ban booze in the country was pass a law (in this case a constitutional amendment) outlawing it. They were wrong. Now it seems these so called democrats (so called because they are no longer real liberal democrats they are now socialist or more accurately communists) for some reason think all they… Read more »

Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
1 month ago

When seconds count, the cops are mins. away. Cops normally arrive AFTER the crime is committed. If a man is in need of protection he has to do it himself. I pray to GOD riots don’t show up here. I will do what is necessary to make sure my family, friends and neighbors remain safe. I would guess that most people on this site are and have been preparing for trouble for some time now. This mess of rioting is just another good reason for the 2A. If the problem is to be fixed it will be through a return… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky
1 month ago

@USA – Nice, but looks like he’s a bit late. Isn’t there already a fire inside the building he’s come to protect? Also looked like he fired a couple warning shots. No real excuse for missing with a shotgun – two shots should yield two perps waiting for police, likely competing in the room temp challenge. Story would have been better if owner was there earlier along with some buddies or store employees. Obvious overwhelming force at the beginning can yield the best, most peaceful results. Worst part of this video is how many “innocent” bystanders are doing nothing. Videographer… Read more »

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago

Congress MUST pass the Nation wide Constitutional Carry to allow LEGAL LAW ABIDING American CITIZENS the ability to DEFEND themselves WHERE EVER they happen to be. IF congress refuses to pass this law, the President MUST pass an EXECUTIVE ORDER!

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
1 month ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

Arizona has always had an open carry law however, it does not effect the criminals in any way because open carry is visible and therefore is easy to avoid. We also had a permit concealed carry law it to left something to be desired. Many people in Arizona saw, and rightly so, that law providing a list of gun owners to government. They also saw that as not good! Here a few years ago Arizona was rapidly becoming the car-jack and kidnap capital of the United States. Even with open carry. Our state government saw the problem and passed a… Read more »

uncle dudley
uncle dudley
1 month ago

Where is the outrage from black lives matter and all the liberal groups about the murders since most of the victims are black, could it be that since most of the shooters are also black that it doesn’t matter, there are plenty of web sites that break down the shootings in Chicago with one of them being heyjackass.com

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
1 month ago
Reply to  uncle dudley

The actual records show (prove) law enforcement kills many more whites then blacks. Anyone who does a little research should know that. I see some whites in these protests (riots and looters along with anarchists) but I have never seen any demonstrations about a white person being killed by law enforcement. With white or black participants!

gregs
gregs
1 month ago

On Tuesday morning, following a weekend that saw criminal misuse of firearms result in 10 deaths and 39 wounded, Mayor Lightfoot said, “It was a fail. Whatever the plan was, it didn’t work.’”

only intelligent thing I have ever heard come from her socialist/authoritarian mouth.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 month ago

Because a certain minority group goes to the streets, burn and loot in numbers too big to control that they have political power all out of proportion to their voting numbers. Why do all these unconstitutional gubernatorial orders, acts of Congress, and state legislatures only apply to white people?

Laddyboy
Laddyboy
1 month ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

@WB; I would agree 100% with your comment IF the last two words were changed from “white people” to “LEGAL LAW ABIDING PEOPLE”.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill
1 month ago
Reply to  Laddyboy

@Laddy, Yeah, your right.

TNJEWBOY
1 month ago

The solution is to implement the Second Amendment.

Arm the people.

An armed society is a polite society.

Doszap
Doszap
1 month ago
Reply to  TNJEWBOY

They are but if we sit on our butts and not get together it won’t help.
Same crap was going on before WWII.

Arizona Don
Arizona Don
1 month ago
Reply to  TNJEWBOY

Very true; Arizona has always had an open carry law however, it does not effect the criminals in any way because open carry is visible and therefore is easy to avoid. We also had a permit concealed carry law it to left something to be desired. Many people in Arizona saw, and rightly so, that law providing a list of gun owners to government. They also saw that as not good! Here a few years ago Arizona was rapidly becoming the car-jack and kidnap capital of the United States. Even with open carry. Our state government saw the problem and… Read more »

RoyD
RoyD
1 month ago

If someone in Chicago in the roaring twenties were asked to describe those most responsible for the violence in the City they would do so accurately and not be chastised for being able to do so. If that same person were asked about who is committing the most violence in Chicago today and they answered correctly they would be demonized and run out of town on a rail. “The truth! You can’t handle the truth!”

badlands
badlands
1 month ago

Gonna be a lot more of this.

Green Mtn. Boy
Green Mtn. Boy
1 month ago

Oh I am Not so surprised.