Chicago Mayor Lightfoot: “We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago.” pic.twitter.com/vGLKClYHYW
— The Hill (@thehill) July 26, 2020
If you open the upper right drawer in the desk in the Chicago’s mayor’s office, there’s are instructions engraved in the wood at the bottom. One of those reads: Blame violent crime involving guns on surrounding states. It’s a handy little bromide that the holders of the city’s top job have used consistently over the last two decades.
Almost every week — usually on Mondays after a particularly bloody weekend — Mr. or Ms. Mayor (who is fresh out of meaningless sound bites to recite for the press and has already been blaming the Superintendent of Police and probably fired one or two of them) opens the drawer, reads the instructions and blames the Windy City’s steadily rising body count on…those vexingly lax gun laws in Wisconsin and Indiana.
There’s probably not an actual engraving like that in that desk at City Hall, but given the regularity with which Chicago’s Mayors trot out that steaming load of horse crap, you’d think it might really be there.
What makes Mayor Lightfoot’s latest turn at trotting out that excuse is the fact that yesterday she combines it with a brilliant display of her embarrassing ignorance of federal gun laws, so that’s nice.
“We are being inundated with guns from states that have virtually no gun control, no background checks, no ban on assault weapons — that is hurting cities like Chicago.”
– Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot