Biden uses Chicago shooting tragedy to push gun control

President Joe Biden and the Democrats are once again trying to capitalize politically on a tragedy.

Breitbart News reports that Biden is now using the shooting that occurred in a northern suburb of Chicago, Illinois, on the Fourth of July, to renew his call for gun control. 

Biden did so during a statement that he made in response to the attack.

“I recently signed the first major bipartisan gun reform legislation in almost thirty years into law, which includes actions that will save lives,” Biden said. “But there is much more work to do, and I’m not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence.”

Background

The shooting took place at around 10:15 a.m. during a Fourth of July parade that was heading to Chicago’s Highland Park suburb. A gunman opened fire killing six parade-goers and injuring some 24 others.

A search ensued for the suspect, and around 6:30 p.m. police announced that they have one in custody, namely, 22-year-old Robert Crimo III. The arrest followed a brief pursuit as the suspect attempted to flee.

According to Fox News, Crimo is known as “Awake the Rapper.” The outlet reports that “IMDB describes Crimo as a ‘six foot Hip hop phenom’ born on Sept. 20, 2000. ‘He’s the middle child of three and of Italian descent.'” Crimo is also the son of Bob Crimo, a former Highland Park mayoral candidate.

What the suspect’s motive may have been is unclear. Fox reports that Crimo released a track in 2021 that “appears to suggest that Crimo was planning a life-defining act beyond his ability to stop, and that the accompanying video had “drawings of a man aiming a rifle at another person.”

Exposing a false narrative

One thing that you will not hear from either the mainstream media or the Democrats is that this shooting occurred despite the fact that Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun control measures in America.

The Giffords Law Center, for example, gives the state of Illinois an “A-” for its gun control laws. Everytown for Gun Safety lists Illinois as the state with the sixth most restrictive gun laws in the country. Breitbart News lists some of Illinois’s many gun control measures.

These gun control laws, however, did not stop the shooter — they almost never do. Chicago, for example, saw some 54 shootings over the Fourth of July weekend, and that’s not including the Highland Park shootings.

Guns are not the problem. Criminals are. If Biden and the Democrats really wanted to cut back on shootings, they would address the latter, not the former.

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