1000 Shootings in Chicago, Gun Group Tells Emanuel: ‘Time to Go’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  (Photo: Jim Young / Reuters/Landov)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Photo: Jim Young / Reuters/Landov)

Chicago is a hotbed for violence.  So far this year, there have been over 1,000 people shot in the Windy City, according to a recent report published by The Chicago Tribune.

Placed in a historical context, the timing of that tally shows that things aren’t getting better, they’re only getting worse. The city reached that unfortunate milestone last Wednesday, “six to nine weeks earlier than in the previous four years,”  as the Tribune noted.

At the city’s helm is embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel, who despite various calls to action and policy proposals has failed to right the ship.  Consequently, there are many calling for his immediate resignation.

One such individual is Alan Gottlieb, the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a grassroots pro-gun organization with 650,000 members and supporters nationwide.

“Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been a disaster for public safety,” said Gottlieb in a press release. “His incompetence and anti-gun ideology as a public official are responsible for his inability to deal with this situation. So far this year, there have been more than 170 homicides, and the mayor has been all talk and no results.”

Gottlieb pointed out how Emanuel has worked to undermine one’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms by making it difficult for gun stores and gun ranges to set up shop in the city.

“While the mayor has allowed his city to descend toward anarchy,” Gottlieb added, “his administration has worked aggressively to keep the public disarmed and vulnerable, making them all victims of Emanuel’s failed policies.”

“When an elected official consistently fails to lead, when his policies result in more suffering for the citizens he is supposed to represent, and when his strategies have proven to be one huge demonstrable failure, then it is time for him to step down,” Gottlieb insisted.

Of course, Emanuel has shown no sign of stepping down.  Instead, he seems to be offering more of the same sanguine language.   

“As a city, we cannot rest until we fully address the systemic issues facing the Chicago Police Department, and the steps announced today build on our road to reform,” said mayor Emanuel Thursday.

Emanuel’s reforms include “strengthening CPD’s Bureau of Internal Affairs so it can better hold officers accountable for wrongdoing,” and “improving CPD training programs so they help officers better understand cultural differences,” among other steps that are designed to “increase transparency,” “restore trust” and “strengthen police accountability.”

“Under the leadership of Superintendent Eddie Johnson, the police department will implement these reforms immediately while we continue to work together to find additional ways to restore the fabric of trust in communities across Chicago,” he continued.  “As we look toward the future, our city will be better off because we faced up to these challenges and confronted them head on.”

In a nutshell, it’s more of the same from the Emanuel administration.  The sad thing is that as his administration continues to spin its tires trying to solve this issue, law-abiding citizens are left to fend for themselves in the war zone that is Chiraq, most likely unarmed and defenseless (Illinois CCW issuing process is not only time-consuming but cost prohibitive as well, particularly for low-income residents, i.e. those most likely to live in high-crime neighborhoods).

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • gandolf August 9, 2018, 4:10 pm

    Hey Jack why do Neo Nazis have to lie? Emmanuel was born in Chicago to Jewish American parents from Chicago. I’m a mean wolverine Deplorable and I ask for honesty. I know it is hard for Neo Nazis to be honest.

  • frank romo May 8, 2016, 12:51 am

    Emanuel is a PUTZ! Plain and simple…

  • 010101 May 4, 2016, 12:04 pm

    I honestly think Chicago is an experiment in social engineering to see what works in politically stringing along and manipulating blacks; then maximizing and weaponizing black criminality to follow it to it’s ultimate conclusion – for future use as a subversive political base. That is the only explanation that seems to fit.

  • Jay May 4, 2016, 7:46 am

    This is not a gun problem. It is a crime problem. Until the criminal mindset of the lower thinking human part of our species is changed, this will not stop. When a person is taught that they are owed something from birth to the grave and if they don’t have it and want it, just take it, this is what you get! No One, I do mean No One, is owed anything just because you grace us with your presence! Has anyone ever even figured out that the highest crime areas are the most anti-gun and 99% of the time the residence are highly black in population? Facts are facts, yet they are always covered up and denied because of all the asinine Political Correctness! No problem can ever be solved, until you admit to the real problem and handle it!

  • Dusty April 30, 2016, 1:53 pm

    I missed something obviously- are the police doing all the shooting and adding ‘transparency’ etc., is going to reduce the warfare?

  • Beachhawk April 30, 2016, 12:02 am

    Why are the Black Lives Matter activists not marching through south Chicago protesting the shootings that take black lives there every day. Could it be that black lives only matter when they are taken by white cops?

  • Brent April 29, 2016, 11:35 pm

    They could probably solve alot of their problems if they would disarm the good mayors bodyguards

  • Stan Cunningham April 29, 2016, 3:46 pm

    How many fine chicago citizens were killed in Car accidents,Killed by knives or other weapons? Why is it that nothing makes headlines unless its involving guns and they are always the bad guys. A new Republician Mayor might be the answer.

  • Martin Morales April 29, 2016, 3:07 pm

    How is this possible when there are no guns allowed in Chicago???

  • Onthe Wall April 29, 2016, 2:39 pm

    Shouldn’t this milestone be made a national holiday?

  • CountryBoy April 29, 2016, 1:01 pm

    So, tell me WHY the NFL is having the 2016 Draft there ???? I mean the NFL is ruling out having a Super Bowl in North Carolina because of their Bathroom Bill that protects CHILDREN…

    • Scotty Gunn April 30, 2016, 4:02 pm

      Dat’s racist! (and true).

  • rogersix April 29, 2016, 11:53 am

    Having been to over 120 countries all over the world there is 1 constant – any place that has a black population has dramatically higher crime in those areas. This isn’t an issue of crime or guns, it’s cultural and the only thing that keeps it in check is a strong response. As the police are unable to respond and the laws are unable to deter, then the very first thing is to protect the right of the individual who ultimately has to live in the middle of that failed action and that means allowing them to arm and defend themselves as the constitution clearly states they can. Anything contrary to that is of course unconstitutional.

  • Larry April 29, 2016, 11:46 am

    Elections have consequences. If they continue to elect one leftist gun grabbing fool after another, time after time, nothing will change.

  • al hausmann April 29, 2016, 11:28 am

    the good folks in this nation are so lazy and screwed up they cannot recognize good from bad anymore so bastards such as this chicago criminal are elected to permeate our lives with their evil deeds. we do not even attempt to bring an end to this nonsense and so we continue to spiral into oblibvionto the bottom of the toilet of evil worship. this can only end in our demise so enjoy your american dream while you can. God bless

  • richard from MO April 29, 2016, 11:19 am

    a Chicago cop said they do not count, “grazing,” wounds, only punctures. the PD cooks the stats or the numbers would be even worse.

  • Robert Smith April 29, 2016, 11:14 am

    Suppose he did resign, then what? His place would be taken by some other gun-hating liberal Democrat. Chicago has no Republican or conservative opposition. Part of why the city is in this mess, and it’s not going to get better.

  • RAM 6 April 29, 2016, 11:07 am

    If Emanuel adopted Rudy Giuliani’s polices when he was the Mayor of New York, Chicago would be come a model midwest citizen. Unfortunately Mr. Emanuel’s approach is hamstring the cops and disarm law abiding citizens leaving all subject to gangland violence. Chicago today is reminiscent of Chicago of Al Capone’s day. Instead of white bootleggers killing each other and innocent bystanders we have black thugs doing it. Back to the Future for the Windy City has arrived.

  • OdinVonTogan April 29, 2016, 10:52 am

    80% black and 40 per 100,000 is murder rate in Detroit (2:1)
    60% black and 30 per 100,000 … Baltimore (2:1)
    40% black and 20 per 100,000 in Chicago (2:1).

  • earlybird April 29, 2016, 9:48 am

    has anyone else wondered why, now that he is in chicago the shooting are up? when he was with bummer crime and civil unrest took a big jump up. could he be the one encouraging more shootings. maybe at bummer request?

  • VINNY April 29, 2016, 9:38 am

    The city with the strictest gun laws in America.In the state with the strictest gun laws in America.What will the country be like if it adopts these strict gun laws where only criminals can carry a gun?

  • Dave April 29, 2016, 8:02 am

    It’s never mentioned in the Chicago shooting statistics how many were committed by citizens with the required FOID card or a CCW permit!

  • Anti-Virus April 29, 2016, 7:38 am

    It’s time once again for OweBummer to have another beer summit and spout out how if he had a son he would have looked like a ghetto crypt

  • REM1875 April 29, 2016, 7:32 am

    Come on Chiraq ya ain’t even trying. Surely ya can increase this rate over the long hot summer?

  • Don Tobias April 29, 2016, 6:47 am

    Just what did you Chicago people expect from a refugee Rat from the sinking Obama regime????????

  • Jack April 29, 2016, 6:43 am

    Emmanuel is the son of an Israeli terrorist who murdered women and children! He never should have been elected in the first place!

  • SuperG April 27, 2016, 12:39 pm

    Maybe they can be like Richmond, Ca. They pay murderers 120K/YR not to murder.
    Who says crime doesn’t pay?

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