Murders Soar By 139% in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago
406 'shooting incidents' during July 2020
Chicago has seen a massive 139 percent increase in murders during July 2020 compared to July 2019, all under Mayor Lori Lightfoot's watch.
There have been 105 murders in July 2020, up from 44 reported in July 2019, according to ABC7.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported there were 406 “shooting incidents” during July 2020, an increase of 75 percent “from the 232 last July."
Murders in Chicago, over a longer period, were up 51 percent from January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, when compared to those reported in 2019.
Lightfoot has continuously passed the blame for her city's descent into violent lawlessness.
Last month, Lightfoot put the violence down to "too many guns" on the streets.
The Chicago Mayor suggested gun control was the solution, saying, “We have way too many guns on the streets.”
She later told CNN, “Our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns on our streets, 60 percent of which come from states outside of Illinois.”
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
But Lightfoot failed to mention her city already had an “assault weapons” ban via a Cook County ordinance.
She also didn't mention that background checks are a federal requirement for all retail gun sales in every state of the Union.
Lightfoot later blamed the soaring gun violence in her city on President Donald Trump despite refusing help from the President.
“If the president was really committed to helping us deal with our violence, he would do some easy things … He would push to make sure that people who were banned from getting on airplanes can’t get guns."
"We’re doing an all-hands-on-deck strategy, we’re really focussing on the root causes of the violence, but fundamentally we have too many illegal guns on our street, and that is a direct result of a failure of federal leadership,” Lightfoot said.
“Which is why we need change in November, and we need the kind of leadership that Joe Biden is going to bring to our country.”
Lightfoot also deflected any blame against her leadership, arguing that the coronavirus shutdown was “perfect storm” while adding that the death of George Floyd as an event that sparked anger in the community.