Chicago witnessed a bloody Father’s Day weekend that left over a dozen fatalities, including children and over 100 injured on the special day. One of the child victims, a 3-year old was shot in the company of his father in their family car in Austin neighborhood. Police reports say the child’s father was the target. Similarly, a 13-year old girl died after being shot in the neck while watching television at home. Two other teenagers, 16 and 17 lost their lives in separate shooting incidents.
Police Superintendent David Brown lamented the killings on Father’s Day, saying the police were working hard to crack down on armed gangs terrorizing the city.
“Good men throughout this city should be celebrating with their families on a beautiful day, but instead, a number of Chicagoans will be spending Father’s Day grieving the loss of their children,” Brown said.
The weekend marked the bloodiest weekend in Chicago for this year. This weekend’s crime statistics also surpassed the Memorial Shootings that the deadliest ever recorded during the holiday.
The gun control approach adopted by Democrats in Chicago has failed to address the problem, which keeps getting worse as the recent events indicate. If the current statistics are anything to go by, residents of Chicago have more to worry about.
Most efforts to address crime in Chicago have focused on setting stricter gun laws through “war on guns.” Despite the tough laws on legal gun ownership, Chicago has more illegal guns on the streets than New York and Los Angeles combined. This is because having stricter gun laws does not work on criminals who don’t care about laws.
Mayor Lightfoot won the elections on a promise to end gun violence through “war on guns” policy. She argued for common sense background checks and putting a limit to “military-grade weapons” that people could purchase. Her policies were blamed on the Memorial Day weekend worst shootings, which earned her criticism from Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
Six months into her term, many people are starting to question whether she will perform better than her predecessor, who was responsible for most gun control measures and widely criticized for failing to address the crime problem after seven years.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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