Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday to attack Chicago leftist Mayor Rahm Emanuel: "Chicago murder rate is record setting--4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016," he tweeted. "If Mayor [Rahm Emanuel] can't do it he must ask for Federal help!"
Emanuel met with Trump on Dec. 7th in Trump Tower in Manhattan, but they spoke about illegal immigration, not gun violence.
Chicago is our third largest city and saw 1,100 more shootings last year than it did the previous year and this has been the largest homicide spike in 60 years.
It's almost safer in Aleppo.
Emanuel was Obama's former White House chief of staff and as such, did as good a job as he now does in Chicago. The shooting violence is staggering and police and city officials are concerned over the flood of illegal guns into Chicago--and the crime numbers support their concerns.
Police have recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2016. a 20 percent increase from 2015.
Chicago is among many U.S. cities that have seen a spike in violence, including attacks on police, said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. He said that anger at police, left criminals 'emboldened' to violent crimes.
He added that it's becoming clearer to criminals that they have little to fear from the criminal justice system. "Any time a guy stealing a loaf of bread spends more time pre-trial in jail than a gun offender, something is wrong."
Exactly. It isn't gun laws that prevent gun crime--it's the faithful execution of those laws.
Johnson has been complaining about Illinois' lax gun laws and believes more gang members are arming themselves because the price for being caught with a gun is small compared to other large cities.
Typical liberal thinking.
Johnson said gang members he has spoken to think the court system is 'a joke'.
Emanuel announced last year that 1,000 cops would be added to the department and in the meantime, police officials are trying to figure out why homicides and shootings suddenly surged.
Whatever the cause, gun control is clearly not the answer, as Chicago is among the strictest in the nation.
But conservatives always knew that.