Moms Demand Action and Police Chief Blame Weak Gun Laws on Chicago’s Weekend Violence
Chicago’s historically anti-gun police chief, Garry McCarthy, lashed out at gun control laws once again following one of Chicago’s bloodiest weekends in history. Over 80 people were shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend.
According to CNN,
Chicago’s police superintendent lashed out at what he called lax state and federal gun laws after a violent Fourth of July weekend that saw more than 60 people shot and nine killed in a city already known for frequent shootings.
“There has to come a tipping point where this changes,” Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday of the violence. “The illogical nature of what’s happening here — that government can intercede and prevent this from happening is overwhelming. And I refuse to think otherwise in a great country like America that we can continue to allow this to happen — not just on a state, but on a federal level.”
McCarthy, reciting the criminal histories of several of the suspects in this weekend’s violence, noted gang members face tougher consequences for losing their guns from their gangs than from authorities.
“Possession of a loaded firearm — it’s not even considered a violent felony in the state of Illinois for sentencing purposes — which is why you see the revolving door,” he said.
I guess talking about actually punishing criminals is somewhat of a step in the right direction, but there is still a lot of blaming an inanimate object going on there. He also brings up federal gun control as well. Not sure what he wants done at the federal level that Chicago isn’t already doing at the local level.
Of course, Moms Demand Action had to chime in with their analysis of the weekend violence on Twitter,
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) July 7, 2014