NSSF: Chicago Mayor’s Pleas Risk Lives

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Photo: NSSF)

By Larry Keane

The Windy City has a serious leadership problem. Amid the coronavirus pandemic and now widespread looting and riots, the violence and crime in Chicago is historically bad. But it is Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s dangerous pleas to citizens that risks even more lives.

Criminals Don’t Care

Known for having some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, it’s not surprising criminal misuse of firearms is rampant in Chicago. Gun control groups, the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Lightfoot all combined their brainpower recently to announce a planned doubling-of-efforts to curb gun crimes ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend. The result? The deadliest holiday weekend in five years. Afterwards Mayor Lightfoot passed the buck, dodged blame and announced, “Whatever the plan was, it didn’t work.” Well Mayor Lightfoot, it turns out the criminals that don’t follow your gun control laws don’t care that you’re trying extra hard to enforce them either.

Now as rioters and looters destroy businesses and private property and threaten the lives of innocent bystanders in cities across the country, stumping on the message of peaceful protestors, Mayor Lightfoot pleaded with Chicagoans facing life or death, stating, “Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there’s a problem, call 911. I urge people to show strength and do not take matters into your own hands.”  Was she suggesting that law-abiding gun owners are vigilantes?

Chicago 911 dispatchers answered 65,000 calls last Sunday alone.

Taking Responsibility

As the COVID-19 pandemic spread earlier this year and stay-at-home orders were issued, Americans became more concerned about their safety and protecting their families, homes, property and businesses. It made sense – local law enforcement was stretched thin, jails were releasing violent criminals and prosecutors announced they wouldn’t prosecute those committing crimes.

As a result, and for legitimately good reasons, record numbers of law-abiding Americans chose to exercise their Second Amendment right and turned out to purchase firearms. Millions did so for the first time. Fortunately, as a result of NSSF’s efforts, gun stores were deemed essential across most of the country and remained open to help Americans exercise those rights.

Perhaps Mayor Lightfoot should take note. Across the country, law-abiding Americans are stepping up to protect their homes, their communities, their businesses, the businesses of their neighbors and even protecting those peacefully assembled for protests.

Effective Answer

While Chicago Mayor Lightfoot and many blue state governors tout more and more gun control, facts show otherwise. As gun ownership reaches an all time high, national violent crime continues to trend lower. Millions of new firearm owners, including women and minorities, are seeking training and education and the trends will continue.

NSSF launched safety initiatives like Project ChildSafe®,Don’t Lie for the Other GuyTM and Operation Secure Store® to educate gun owners and reduce unintended firearm accidents in the home and decrease the criminal acquisition and thefts at firearm retailers. These decades-long efforts are Real Solutions® and are paying off as unintentional firearm fatalities in America reached the lowest level on record in 2019 after more than a century of tracking data.

For America’s mayors like Chicago’s Lori Lightfoot and Democratic governors who push increased gun control and wishful thinking to reduce violence and criminal misuse of firearms, they need to think again. The Second Amendment right for law-abiding Americans to purchase and use firearms to protect themselves exists exactly for times like this.

Larry Keane is Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs and General Counsel for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association.

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  • Hondo June 16, 2020, 11:22 am

    Mayor Dykefoot needs to be tossed out on her ass, she is a complete failure.

  • Michael G Hegyan June 12, 2020, 10:13 pm

    Having lived in Chicago, for ten years, near north, this mayor, and of course the prior mayors of Chicago, continue to ignore the gang land violence of the south side. Notice, you don’t see or hear black lives matter protests, when you see the black on black genocide, in a alarming rate. Nothing in mentioned, about five and six year old kids being killed in the crossfire by black gangs trying to protect their turf. And yet, Cook County has one the strictest gun control agendas in the Country.

  • Jory Humphreys June 12, 2020, 9:13 am

    Illinois has been competing with the communist State of California for decades to be the most corrupt and worst run state in the nation. It’s as if being the worst is a badge of honor. Look at the number of Governors and mayors in the state that have been convicted and jailed since 1960. The state is a lost cause at this point, and for proof listen to the audio of the mayor and alderman last week. As pleas for help for help to restore order get a reply from the Governor of “You are full of shit, everything is fine”. The cities burn, record level killings, shootings day after day literally. Now she turns to the Fed for money to help rebuild what she let be destroyed. No thank you.

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