Chicago’s Mayor Lightfoot: Hammering Away at the Second Amendment

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Chicago Mayor Lightfoot claims the windy city is suffering from an epidemic of violence. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -( City of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has consistently demanded more gun control as the answer to the “epidemic of violence” that her city is experiencing. In an interview on July 18, for example, the mayor was clear: “the only way we’re going to really get at that problem in a profound way …is to have federal laws in place that require background checks and strengthen the penalties for people who pick up guns and wreak havoc in our communities.”

On July 26, Mayor Lightfoot again went on the record to say that the federal government was “uniquely qualified”to help with Chicago’s “gun problem”by enacting “common sense gun control.”  “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no bans on assault weapons.”

After scenes of hundreds of looters, widespread vandalism, and unchecked property destruction unfolded across downtown Chicago last weekend, Mayor Lightfoot appeared before the local media on August 10 to discuss the City’s response to the lawlessness. Asked whether she would accept President Trump’s offer of federal resources, Lightfoot retorted that what she needed from the federal government was “common-sense gun control. We cannot continue to have circumstances where anybody and their brother can go off across the border or any other parts of Illinois and bring illegal guns into the city of Chicago. That is something that the federal government is uniquely qualified to handle.”

Two days later, in a morning show interview on the mayhem on the Magnificent Mile, Mayor Lightfoot pivoted into her standard mantra approximately seven minutes into the interview. “[T]he thing that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do is things like pass commonsense gun reform. Make sure that everybody has background checks, stop the availability of assault weapons …”

As we’ve said before, that’s just nonsense.

Federal law already requires that anyone who acquires a firearm from a licensed dealer must first undergo a background check through the FBI-run NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) database (the dealer may check instead whether the person has already undergone a background check and additional screening for a concealed carry permit). Federal law makes it a felony for a convicted felon to acquire or possess a firearm or ammunition (and this applies to any person who falls within the many other categories of “prohibited” persons). Federal law also makes it a felony for anyone to sell or transfer a gun or ammunition while knowing or having cause to believe that the recipient is a “prohibited” person. Federal law requires that firearm sales across state lines be brokered through a licensed dealer. These federal laws, and others, apply across the nation –simply put, there are no states with “no background checks.”

Illinois adds its own restrictive gun laws to this framework, earning it an A minus rating from the Giffords gun-control organization. Of course, criminals untroubled by the federal laws find it just as easy to ignore state gun laws, whether in Illinois or “off across the border.”

Questionable enforcement of these laws is an issue as well. Back in 2017, then-mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel was “lambasting federal gun laws as weak” at the same time that a straw purchaser, charged with four felonies arising out of the illegal transfer of firearms in Chicago, was handed a sentence of 15 days in the “Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program,”12 months of probation, and a $679 fine.

Similar concerns over weak or no consequences for offenders arise following recent reports that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has dropped over 25,000 felony cases in the three-year period ending in November 2019, including those involving serious crimes like murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and aggravated battery of a police officer. Foxx, who is up for reelection in November, has been endorsed by Mayor Lightfoot.

What makes the mayor’s assertions especially bizarre now is that Lightfoot appears to be well aware that last week’s Sack of the Windy City was an organized, planned criminal attack that had nothing to do with background checks or assault weapons.

She herself described the social media posts that encouraged residents to come downtown and loot, the caravans of cars, “U-Haul trucks and cargo vans,” and looters armed with “sophisticated equipment used to cut metal.” These “people were able to fairly quickly take out cash registers, ATM machines, cut through metal grate, and to get beyond and behind security systems that are pretty sophisticated. That’s not your average looter.”

That’s not a failure of gun laws, either, but if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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Deplorable Bill

You can’t legislate morality. Lack of morality is a issue. When you don’t hold GOD higher than yourself there can be no justice or freedom or peace or hope. This crap started in 1959 when Kruchev said how he would destroy America without firing a shot. First you get rid of the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY so the people become dependent on the government. Enter wellfare. Next you destroy the family unit. Mom makes more money if Daddy is out of the picture. Any of this sound familiar yet? Now add cheap drugs and some time. Add in inflation so much… Read more »


Progressives and leftists reject the source of law and morality. When you cast aside belief in a greater power, in our case the God of Abraham, you try to become God. That is what has happened to left of center America. Renewal or bust. The left offers no answers. Only more of the same tripe.


This is a classic case of deflection. When 70 years of progressive public policy creates and urban nightmare you have to find some one or some thing else to blame for the highly predictable failure. Progressives and leftists have mastered the technique of blaming traditional American values and those who hold those values dear for the failures of their policy ventures. This is one such case. This country either wakes up to this reality or we collapse. Just like Chicago.


The fact of the matter is that Chicago is one the most restrictive as for as gun control laws, right now. Lightfoot is simply looking for excuses to blame some one else for her being totally inapt as a mayor.

Something the only thing she is able to do Is to blame otherS for her Stupidity.

Last edited 2 years ago by Terry

Lori aka: Beetle Juice, is just another classic example of Affirmative Action running wild in the streets!


Lori is a prime example of an outright idiot. And that is her finest quality… all the rest of her characteristics go downhill from there.


I think y’all are missing an important thing here. Police State Socialists couldn’t care less about stats, facts and truth of the Constitution. All they care about is control and power over their peasants. I’m tired of stating facts and stats to people who don’t care but only want their agenda of disarming peaceful Americans to further their agenda of complete Communism. We know the only way they can implement complete Socialism, Commuinism and Fascism is with an unarmed populace. That’s the only fact we should be preaching now. Besides, instead of defending unconstitutional gun law already in place, we… Read more »


Of course she does. I just erased what I wanted to say because I thought it might result in my getting kicked off the site. It doesn’t change the facts any though. I live where I live for a number of reasons. Chicago’s “problem” being prominent among them.

uncle dudley

The democrat leaders of Chicago will not admit the problem they have is with young Black men who either steal or buy stolen firearms to use in their gangs or drug business and they don’t go to the sporting goods store and buy them like honest citizens do.
Face it the mayor is not in control of the city.


Is it just me, or does she look like a cast member in “The Walking Dead?”



Last edited 2 years ago by Arny

FACT: The problem lies in the criminal Justice and prosecution failures. Gun offenders in Chicago are back on the street before officers can even finish paperwork and they are rearmed in less than 24 hrs. Maybe the Mayor should be pointing a finger at Foxx instead of endorsing her.


It’s time to stop ignoring it.
It’s time to stop looking the other way and calling it “GUN VIOLENCE”!