We’ve all heard the saying a thousand times: If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. This is the sort of saying that gets passed around ad nauseam like “it is what it is” or “living the dream”.
The only difference here is that it is ostensibly and provably true, and we only need to look as far as Chicago, Illinois to see that.
That’s because the Windy City, all the way back in 1982, enacted a handgun ban that insured that only the outlaws would have guns. And, wouldn’t you know it, the city has faced a gun-crime epidemic in nearly four decades following…despite lifting the ban under a decade ago.
The cause-and-effect of the situation was real and plainly obvious to everyone, except for current Chi-Town Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who this week blamed states with pro-Second Amendment stances for her own problems.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) contends the surge in shootings in Chicago is the result of states in the Union that have “virtually no gun control.”
She made this argument on CNN’s State of the Union over the weekend, reviving the Obama-era claims which blamed Indiana and other states for the crime in Chicago, Illinois.
The Hill published video of Lightfoot saying, “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.”
She added, “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.”
Of course, this is a lot like blaming the failure of a dam today on the locales that got rained on yesterday, and Lightfoot should know better.