Friday marked the start of another weekend of violence in Chicago, where four people died and at least 15 others were shot within the span of a single day, the Washington Examiner reported.
By late Sunday night, local CBS affiliate WIFR in Chicago was reporting that at least 49 people had been shot in the city over the weekend. Five people died as a result of their injuries.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Windy City had seen 1,386 people shot by the beginning of June this year, up from 1,116 people shot during the same period in 2020.
The latest shootings included a 30-year-old woman who was shot early Saturday morning while parking her car, according to the Examiner. She had reportedly been followed by another vehicle and was shot six times.
The woman was later transported to a local hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition, reports said.
As the violence continues week after week, Chicago’s Democrat mayor, Lori Lightfoot, is facing mounting calls to get a handle on it. The surge in violence comes despite notoriously strict gun laws in the Windy City.
The mayor’s response
But for her part, Lightfoot has steadfastly deflected, instead blaming neighboring states, the federal government, and even the coronavirus for the continued gun violence in her city.
“You raise the issue about the increase in gun violence, first and foremost we’re going to fight a losing battle when people can drive across the border to Indiana and other states and literally buy military grade weapons with any significant kind of background check and bring those weapons to the streets of Chicago,” Lightfoot told reporters in a press conference at the midpoint of her term, in May, according to ABC 7 Chicago.
“We need the federal government, which is uniquely qualified to help cities and states like ours, to step up and do the right thing,” the mayor added. “Our public safety ecosystem has been directly and dramatically impacted by COVID,” she said.
The bottom line
While Lightfoot may be trying to play the blame game, the reality is that people in her city are suffering — and she’s in the best position to do something about it.
Instead of pointing fingers, Lightfoot would be better served to take responsibility and work toward improving the situation in the Windy City, where police officers stand in strong need of more support in order to help citizens feel safe in their communities.
The weekend full of shooting deaths sadly no longer comes as a shock to many Chicagoans. Something needs to change — and soon.