Senator Ted Cruz went toe to toe with Lori Lightfoot over the latest flash of gun violence that plagued the city. The mayor desperately fought back, claiming on Monday that Chicago’s decades-long crime problem is actually the fault of Republican-run states like Indiana – because they don’t have “commonsense gun legislation” in place.
The response came after Cruz, tweeted that “gun control doesn’t work” and pointed to the Democrat-run city as evidence that “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.” His tweet referenced an article reporting that at least 25 people were shot in Chicago during Labor Day weekend amid a continuing crime wave in the city.
“Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates,” Cruz tweeted. “Let’s protect our citizens.”
Lightfoot, elected mayor earlier this year, tweeted a graphic claiming that the top 10 source states of recovered firearms between 2013-2016 included Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
“60 percent 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,” she tweeted.
“Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens.“
“When Ted Cruz 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 flashpoint comes amid a spate of mass shootings across the country, with Democrats increasing their calls for more sweeping forms of gun control.
Presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke on Saturday gave a blunt answer when asked how he would address some gun owners’ concerns that the government could be planning to take away their firearms.
“I want to be really clear that that’s exactly what we are going to do,” said the former Texas congressman. “Americans who own AR-15s, AK-47s, will have to sell them to the government.”
Cruz’s comments were intended to shine some light on cities like Chicago, where the mainstream media refuses to cover the consistent massacres that are occurring on a weekly basis. This is because of course, if it doesn’t fit the narrative that paves way for Democrats to shove gun control down your mouths, their allies in the media will ignore it altogether.
While the numbers pale in comparison to Chicago, shootings like the one in West Texas, on the other hand, are the left-wing media’s dream.
The West Texas shooting has reignited the gun control debate, with 2020 Democrats and gun violence awareness groups among those pressuring lawmakers to deal with the issue.
The White House is in talks with lawmakers from both parties on gun control proposals, hoping for a plan of action before the House and Senate reconvene later this month.