Two Cops Among 45 Shot in One Night in Chicago, Mayor Lightfoot Blames 'Guns'
One police officer killed amid wave of shootings through Saturday night
Two police officers were among the 45 people shot in Chicago in just one night over the weekend, accoridng to reports.
Between 7 p.m. Saturday and 6:11 a.m. Sunday, 45 people were shot, four of them fatally, including female Chicago police officer Ella French who was killed during a traffic stop.
Saturday night’s violence means “155 people have been shot” so far this month, and 23 of those individuals succumbed to their wounds, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.
ABC 7 explains that officer French was shot while working a traffic stop with a male officer, who was also shot but survived, at 9:10 p.m. “in the 6300-block of South Bell Avenue.”
Officer French died and the male cop was hospitalized in “critical condition.”
Three suspects – two males and a female – were in the car the officers had stopped and at least one of the three opened fire on the officers, The Chicago Tribune points out.
The two male suspects have been apprehended but the female is still at large, according to Breitbart.
ABC 7 notes the attack on the police officers “marks the 27th time a Chicago police officer has been shot at this year and the 11th time an officer has actually been shot.”
Responding to reports of another bloodbath weekend in her city, Chicago far-left Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed the violence on “guns,” describing them as “a common enemy.”
Mayor Lightfoot reacted to the attack on the police officers by tweeting:
Today is an official day of mourning for the city.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 8, 2021
We lost a young officer. I offer my condolences to her mother, brother, family and friends. Please keep this officer, the officer in the hospital and CPD in your prayers.
She then followed the first tweet with one in which she zeroed in on guns, writing, “Some say we don’t do enough for the police.
"Others say we do too much.
"All of this must stop.
"We have a common enemy: it’s guns & the violence they bring.”
Some say we don't do enough for the police. Others say we do too much. All of this must stop.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) August 8, 2021
We have a common enemy: it's guns & the violence they bring.
Chicago, like all of Illinois, has a red flag law, a 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases, and a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card requirement for would-be gun buyers.
The process for getting a FOID card includes a background check.
And Cook County, Illinois, the county in which Chicago is located, has an “assault weapon” ban.
Moreover, on August 3, 2021, Breitbart News observed that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed universal background checks legislation, thereby criminalizing private gun sales that are conducted without first undergoing an FBI background check.
The universal background check gun control takes effect in 2024.