Chicago’s woefully overmatched, underperforming Mayor Lori Lightfoot is taking her weekly blame game for the increased shootings and the crowded morgue in her city up a notch. Like her predecessor, she repeatedly blames neighboring states with more lax gun laws like Indiana for the burgeoning “gun violence” in the Windy City (without ever bothering to explain why the Hoosier State has much lower crime rates).
Now Lightfoot is spreading the alleged responsibility for her city’s problems farther afield geographically.
After this past weekend’s carnage (a relatively average 5 dead, 46 wounded), she told MSNBC that now Mississippi should also share in some of the blame. That didn’t go over well with the Magnolia State’s Governor, Tate Reeves.
“This ridiculous conspiracy theory from the Chicago mayor—that Mississippians are to blame for the violence in her own city—is bizarre and pathetic,” Governor Reeves said. “No serious person could think that murders are out of control and people are burning police cars in Chicago because of Mississippi’s commitment to the constitution.”
Oh and don’t forget the feds. They share some of the blame, too.
Lightfoot in her interview went on to say federal leadership was needed to clamp down on “military grade weapons,” advocating for increased gun control from Congress and saying President Donald Trump “refuses to engage” on these issues.
Never mind that well over 90% of the shootings that happen every week in Chicago are carried out with handguns, not “military grade weapons” whatever that means. And Heronner apparently has a mighty short memory regarding federal help. Just last month — and again last week — President Trump offered federal assistance in reducing the continuing carnage in the Second City.
Lightfoot, however, didn’t react well to Trump’s proffer.
I don’t need leadership lessons from Donald Trump.
— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 27, 2020
Mayor Lightfoot no doubt has her own prescription for the rampant gun-related crimes in Chicago…one we’ve heard from politicians for decades. More gun control laws. That would be a novel approach.
The problem is, no matter how much you clamp down on law-abiding citizens, piling more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms never works. And Lightfoot knows it.
But throwing darts at a map and naming other states is a convenient dodge, a handy excuse to toss out when the press asks her each week why she can’t seem to do anything about the inconveniently high body counts.
In other words, it’s just more of the same. And now it’s become embarrassing, when she starts trying to lay the blame on states that are more than 700 miles away. Which ones will it be next week? Utah? Idaho? Alaska?