Ted Cruz Takes On Chicago Mayor And Their Unprecedented Gun Violence

Republican Senator Ted Cruz took on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after more than two dozen residents were shot in the city over this past weekend.

Responding to a report which detailed how more than 25 people were shot in Chicago over the first half of Labor Day weekend, Cruz contended that “gun control does not work.”

From Breitbart:

At least 25 people were shot, seven fatally, during the first half of Labor Day Weekend in Democrat-controlled Chicago.

Breitbart News reported at least 29 were shot, six fatally, over the weekend of August 23-25, 2019, in Democrat-controlled Chicago.

At least 28 were shot, five fatally, in Chicago over the weekend of August 16-18. Forty-seven individuals were shot, four fatality, in Chicago over the weekend of August 9-11, and 53 individuals were shot, seven killed, in Democrat-controlled Chicago during the first weekend of August.

The lawmaker then targetted Chicago specifically, saying their anti-gun initiatives aimed at “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.”

“Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer,” Cruz tweeted. “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.”

The mayor responded: “60% 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.”

“Keep our name out of your mouth,” she added.

Cruz responded with a series of tweets which highlight that the five cities in the United States with the most murders are run by Democratic mayors. Chicago topped the list in 2017, Cruz pointed out with 650 murders.

“All five of those cities have had Democratic mayors for decades and aggressive gun control policies—none seems to be working,” Cruz continued in his response. “Your explanation (‘blame Indiana!’) doesn’t hold water. There are 27 states with GOP governors. Chicago is not alone in having neighboring red states.”

The Texas Republican continued: “Chicago’s murder totals are often DOUBLE the next closest city.”

“So how do you explain the big cities in red states, without aggressive gun control laws, where murder rates are MUCH lower than Chicago?” he asked.

Cruz also said:

Maybe, rather than getting angry when others point out the tragically high murder rate in Chicago, you put aside the partisan talking points and the failed gun-control policies Chicago has pursued for decades.

Instead, lock up the violent criminals who are committing murder PREVENT felons & fugitives from illegally buying firearms, and ALLOW law-abiding citizens (who are right now obeying Chicago’s prohibition) to exercise their constitutional right to protect their own lives and their families.

Lightfoot switched the blame to Cruz in her response, again claiming the violence in her city is a result of failed federal action to addressing the problem.

“These reforms will save lives,” she said, calling for universal background checks and a ban on “assault weapons.”

“Do your job,” she added.

“If you want to come to Chicago and learn about the root causes of gun violence, I’ll be glad to show you around & we can have that convo,” she said in another tweet. “But enough with this dishonest use of our city as a cheap symbol to cover for the
@gop’s unwillingness to protect their constituents.”

Cruz then said the continued unrest in Chicago could be from the city’s tendencies to release criminals back on the streets by allowing them to skip paying their bails.

Cruz, in his response, shared a link to a specific example of a Cook Country judge allowing a convicted felon to walk-free on the streets without paying bail.

From the CWB Chicago:

A Cook County judge conjured up a Very Special bail arrangement when a six-time convicted felon appeared before her on multiple gun charges.

The man had been ordered held without bail. But after his attorney filed a motion for bail review, Judge Carol Howard reduced his bail to $100,000. Then, she told him he didn’t need to pay it and set him free on electronic monitoring.