Democrat-run cities are well-known for uncontrollable violence and the tragically preventable losses of life nearly every weekend, but the ongoing protests sparked by George Floyd’s death have only added fuel to the fire.
Breitbart reported that last weekend, 35 people were shot in Chicago, resulting in the deaths of five, the second extremely violent weekend in a row for the Windy City.
Chicago under siege
Last weekend’s shootings and deaths appear to be mostly random attacks from armed assailants by foot or in cars, but the chaos incited by widespread protests likely emboldened would-be attackers.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that the previous weekend was the most violent weekend in Chicago since record-keeping began in 1961. “18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades,” The Sun-Times reported.
But the violence wasn’t isolated to that Sunday. “From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire,” the report continued.
Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church in Auburn Gresham and an anti-gun violence advocate told the Sun-Times that it was “open season” the weekend of May 31 in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides.
“On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,'” he continued. “I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour. No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot chose to limit the national guard’s deployment to the city’s central business district, causing council members from other areas of the city to complain that their districts were left defenseless.
A tape of a recent online call with the mayor and the city’s 50 aldermen was obtained by a local news station. In it, the city’s leaders are clearly furious with the catastrophic state of affairs, and one alderman can even be heard weeping while others attack Lightfoot’s failed leadership.
My ward is a s–t show,” said one alderman. “They are shooting at the police.” Another expressed concern about elderly citizens obtaining food and medicine when “every CVS, every Walgreens is shutting down.
“How do businesses recover and why would they want to recover in our community?” asked another alderman. Lightfoot herself seems to be at the end of her rope, admitting that the city has a “massive, massive problem,” describing rioters as “just f—–g lawless right now.”
However, when a councilman asked her for a plan for controlling the violence and chaos that have turned his district into a “virtual war zone,” Lightfoot responded that he was “100 percent full of s–t.”