Appearing on MSNBC, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed “too many illegal guns,” along with poverty and lack of hope for the rising violence in the city.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot:
There’s way too many illegal guns on our streets, and we can’t fight that fight alone. We got to have a federal strategy on this. We’re going to continue to do what we can do.
We’re going to continue to make sure that we are flooding these dangerous hot spots with resources to make sure that we keep our communities safe, but we’re fighting a losing battle.
If we don’t have a federal partnership on restricting access to guns in the hands of dangerous criminals, we’ve got to have partnership on that.
..Violence is crimes of poverty, violence is crimes of people feeling like they have no hope. When we see young men feeling they’re like only destiny is to be on a corner on somebody’s drug spot, we got to change that around and let them know that their future actually can and should be in careers and college, but we’ve got to make those kinds of investments to make that real…We’ve got to the find the resources, and we have them, to uplift neighborhoods.