As Gun Violence Rages, Chicago Pols Play Politics

Seven hundred and sixty-two. That is how many people were murdered in Chicago last year; an appalling number not seen in two decades. Twelve people were killed over Father’s Day weekend in 2016. Another dozen were murdered over the recent Christmas holiday. And, the city’s liberal leaders — including “The Godfather” Rahm Emanuel — stand slack-jawed and clueless at how to stop this tide of violence washing over the Windy City.

Obviously, the City has a serious problem. But it is not a gun violence problem, or a gun control problem. Chicago is dealing with a complex and multi-faceted cultural problem of violence; the resolution of which requires throwing out the Left’s usual playbook — blame it on the Second Amendment – and replacing it with a “pro-police, tough-on-crime” strategy.

Unfortunately for the citizens of this major metropolitan area, this is something Chicago officials appear unwilling to do. To them, it’s not Chicago’s problem, but everyone else’s. “We border Indiana and Wisconsin, which have really lax gun laws,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN. “We know that people from Chicago go across the border, fill up gym bags with illegal weapons from gun shows and things of that nature and they come back here and sell them to the gangs.” This is the same song and dance trotted out by former New York City Mayor Bloomberg, whenever he was questioned about high levels of gun violence in the Big Apple – blame other states for your failures.

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