Gun violence in the “windy-city” over the long Labor Day Weekend didn’t take a holiday with a least 35 individuals shot and 7 killed, as of Monday evening.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot no doubt frustrated at the continued carnage in her city, lashed out at Texas Senator Ted Cruz for tweeting out after the latest burst of gun violence within her city. He stated “gun control doesn’t work” and pointed to the decades of Democratic control as evidence that “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.”
The Texas Senator referenced an article reporting that at least 25 people were shot in Chicago during the Labor Day weekend that number, however, actually grew to 35 before the official end of the holiday.
Cruz continued tweeting posting “Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates,” adding, “Let’s protect our citizens.”
However Mayor Lightfoot was in no mood to listen to the senator’s advice especially from a Republican, firing back, “60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.”
Adding, “Keep our name out of your mouth.”
“When @tedcruz and the @gop dismiss common-sense gun policies, they disrespect victims and their families, who deserve to live without pain and fear,” she added.
The epidemic of gun violence within the inner city of Chicago has been an ongoing issue for decades, with violent drug gangs fighting each other for control of neighborhood turfs.
The mass shootings over the Labor Day Weekend involved drug gangs fighting over a small parcel of land, in which innocent bystanders were caught in the crosshairs.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 2 deadly shootings unfolded Sunday within just over 20 minutes of each other. A 15-year-old boy named Dovantae Jackson was shot on the same block where he lived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Moments later, an unidentified man and woman were shot at a South Side party; the man later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Also on Sunday, a man was shot dead and another man was seriously wounded, when a drive-by thug open fired on the duo. A day earlier 2-men were also shot dead and another 3 wounded after the shooter opened fire on the group of people standing on a porch, killing two of them.
In yet another tragic incident 18-year old Angel Perez was shot dead Saturday morning along with another individual at Humboldt Park. Another shooting also early Saturday morning claimed the life of Willie Coker while he was outside talking with a group of people.
The clash between Senator Cruz and Mayor Lightfoot is actually a microcosm of how Republicans and Democrats see the growing gun violence epidemic sweeping the nation. Democrats see it strictly as a gun issue, suggesting that if we eliminate guns, we would end gun violence, along with our Second Amendment, while Republicans view it within a more complex setting regarding the issue of mental health, along with a break down of traditional moral values, including in most instances a dysfunctional family upbringing.
Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke when asked on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia how he would handle gun violence, he quickly responded that he would actually confiscate firearms through a mandatory buyback scheme, which would no doubt be met with legal ramifications along with violent confrontations. Moreover throwing America into a Constitutional crisis.
“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate said. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government. We’re not going to allow them to stay on our streets, to show up in our communities, to be used against us in our synagogues, our churches, our mosques, our Walmarts, our public places.”
Adding, “All countries have video games. All countries struggle with mental health. All countries deal with hatred. But only America has more guns than human beings — 390 million firearms in a country of 329 million people — which kills nearly 40,000 people every year,” he wrote. “That’s why, as president, I would institute a mandatory buyback of every assault weapon in America.”