As Mainstream Media’s reporting the Las Vegas incident as US history’s largest, mass shooting, The Left’s using the human-misery component to push gun policy. It’s a wonder neither seemingly considered Chicago in the summertime—much higher death counts.
In June 2017 alone, Chicago had 84 murders—76 in July and 50 in August (all murders). September itself availed 59 murders in Chicago. Local news-outfit DNAinfo.com stays apprised on Chicago’s perpetual death toll. Therefore, Las Vegas’s historic loss pales in comparison to Chicago—all due respect to the Las Vegas victims.
According to local ABC7 News, May 2017 kicked off the homicidal summer:
But the above statistics were only through May. In Mayor Rahm Emanuel-run (aka former-Obama administration chief of staff) Chicago, the city has seen 519 murders for 2017 thus far. How many will occur in the last-three months? When tallying up “gun-violence” victims in the past, 2015 had 2,988 who suffered gun violence; 2016 saw a huge jump to 4,368 shooting victims.
However, similar to New York, Chicago prides itself on having very restrictive, gun legislation—Los Angeles too. (While LA legislators get vexed when people say that city has the “most restrictive” gun laws, nobody refutes Chicago having “quite restrictive” legislation on guns.)
Up until the Supreme Court ruled gun purchase legal in 2010, guns were banned in Chicago. Chicago citizens can buy a gun, but they’ve to endure a highly arduous process to do so. More, Chicago Governor Bruce Rauner approved an August 2016 bill that further limited gun laws.
Probably to Mayor Emanuel’s chagrin, gangs control Chicago’s streets—his anti-gun efforts seemingly having zero effect. Meanwhile, Emanuel merely talks the walk. “Gun violence in Chicago is unacceptable,” Emanuel said in September 2017. “It threatens everything we have done together and all of the progress we have made in other areas. It is pulling us apart at the very moment when our city needs to come together.” Maybe a “priority” isn’t priority in Emanuel’s Chicago?
Further examining July 2017 in Chicago, one week alone saw 115 shootings. Starting from Emanuel’s mayoral victor in 2011, Chicago’s murders have only increased: 2012—509 casualties. Two-thousand-thirteen saw a drop to 442, but 2014 availed 428, then 2015 rose to 495. In 2016, it amazingly climbed to 751. Now, in 2017, for murders alone, there’ve been approximately 700.
Following the Stephen Paddock-Las Vegas incident, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders referenced Chicago as an example of failed, gun-control laws. “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 recently. “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.”
Regardless, upon the Las Vegas shooting, Illinois federal legislators impulsively jumped on more gun laws. “Congress, 50 people went to a concert & didn’t come home because of one man with a weapon of war. #AssaultWeaponBan #EnoughIsEnough,” Representative Robin Kelly (D-IL) posted on Twitter.
US Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) took to Twitter too. “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.” Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) followed suit. “Gun violence is a scourge and an epidemic, and it requires bold, legislative action.”
However, if these Illinois legislators can’t even solve their own state’s gun problems, how can they rightly and effectively assess Las Vegas gun policy—the nation’s…?