As leftists of all stripes demand the constitutional right to bear arms be infringed to make them feel safe in the aftermath of the tragic Las Vegas shooting, there is a stunning silence about the crime ridden city of Chicago, where 57 people were shot and killed in one month.
Hey Jackass, a website that monitors gun crimes committed in Chicago, reveals that 57 were shot and killed in Chicago in the month of September. Additionally, 273 were shot and wounded, making a total of 330 people shot in Chicago over the span of 30 days.
While these numbers are stunning, September was not even the worst month for 2017: 84 were shot and killed in June, 76 in July, and 50 in August. Yet it still manages to get worse.
In total, Chicago has seen 499 people shot and killed since January, and 2,403 have been shot and wounded. This means over 2,902 people were shot in Chicago in the first 10 months of 2017.
Yet, Chicago boasts some of the strictest gun control legislation in the United States.
Until a 2010 Supreme Court decision overturned the city’s policy, it was completely illegal to buy a gun in Chicago. Even after the Supreme Court’s ruling, it is an almost impossible feat to legally own a gun in the Windy City, and the local politicians are salivating over the prospect of making it even harder.
CNN reported in August of last year:
“Gov. Bruce Rauner approved a law on Tuesday that imposes a stiff penalty on anyone without a gun-owner identification card who brings a gun into the state of Illinois to sell.
That crime is now a felony that carries a prison sentence of four to 20 years, or up to 30 years for repeat offenders, according to a spokeswoman for Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, one of the bill’s sponsors.”
By this insane law, if someone on the border of a neighboring state attempts to sell a gun to a family member who lives in rural Illinois, they could easily face 30 years in the slammer.
Yet, Chicagoland politicians are already pushing new gun control legislation in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
But federal lawmakers from Illinois immediately began pushing gun control. “Congress, 50 people went to a concert & didn’t come home because of one man with a weapon of war. #AssaultWeaponBan #EnoughIsEnough,” Illinois Rep. Robin Kelly posted on Twitter.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) posted: “The notion that there’s no way to prevent gun violence is false — and without action to stop gun attacks, Congress is complicit in them.” Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) said: “Gun violence is a scourge and an epidemic, and it requires bold legislative action.”
Thankfully we have a president who is smart enough to realize the government cannot legislate its populace into safety. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it clear the administration’s goal is not to pass legislation as a response to the shooting.
“One of the things that we don’t want to do, is try to create laws that won’t stop these types of things from happening,” Sanders said on Monday. “I think if you look to Chicago where you had over 4,000 victims of gun-related crimes, they have the strictest gun laws in the country and that certainly hasn’t helped there.”