Ted Cruz to Chicago Mayor: We Need Criminal Control Not Gun Control

While Republicans in Texas are analyzing gun control after several shooting in the Lone Star State, seven were fatally shot and 34 were wounded in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend.

Gun violence was caused by criminals who obtained guns illegally.

“Gun control,” has not, and does not work, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz argues, pointing to the violence in Chicago.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot replied:

Lightfoot then blamed Republicans, and called Cruz a coward.

She blamed Republicans for gun violence, arguing that defending the Second Amendment is similar to representing an “unwillingness to protect … constituents.”

Her Twitter bio says she serves constituents, “not the machine!” What “the machine” is remains unclear.

Cruz replied:

Over Labor Day weekend more than 1,000 officers were added to patrol the streets over the three-day holiday weekend, but violence was still up from the previous Labor Day.

Two black teenagers were killed, WLS-TV reports: one was 15-year-old Davantae Jackson, who was shot just steps from his home. A model student, he was supposed to start high school two days after he was killed.

His sister, Alexis Jackson, says her brother’s assailants called him on his phone and asked him to come outside before they shot him.

Two black adult men, ages 32 and 26, were shot dead on the front porch of a home on Chicago’s South Side, wounding three others.

Labor Day 2019 gun violence in Chicago is similar to that of Labor Day 2017, when 42 people were shot, seven fatally.

Last Labor Day weekend 27 people were shot, four fatally.

The problem is not gun control, researchers and social scientists point out. The problem is black on black crime, which has been heavily documented by law enforcement agencies.

In The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, author Heather MacDonald, Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal, points to data showing that in Chicago blacks committed 76 percent of all homicides, yet they only represent 35 percent of the city’s population.

Of all juvenile arrests in Chicago, black youth accounted for 78 percent.

Compared to other racial demographics, 28 percent of Chicago’s population are white, who committed 4 percent of the homicides and 3.5 percent of juvenile arrests. Hispanics represent 30 percent of the city’s population, and committed 19 percent of its homicides and 18 percent of its juvenile arrests.

Similar to Chicago, blacks in Los Angeles represent 10 percent of the population and commit 42 percent of its robberies and 34 percent of its felonies. Whites, who represent 29 percent of the city’s population, commit 5 percent of its robberies and 13 percent of its felonies.

In New York City, blacks committed “75 percent of all shootings, 70 percent of all robberies, and 66 percent of all violent crime,” despite only comprising 23 percent of the population, Mac Donald said in a speech given at Hillsdale College.

According to 2009 Bureau of Justice Statistics data, in 2009, “blacks were charged with 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country, despite only comprising roughly 15 percent of the population in these counties.”

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