In all the talk about gun control, Chicago presents a significant problem for the left. With some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, gun-related deaths in Chicago were higher than troop deaths in Afghanistan in 2012, according to The Daily.
Complicating things even further, Chicago is where President Obama calls home, where he once worked as a community organizer, where his former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, now serves as mayor – and where The Daily reports the murder rate is up a staggering 35 percent in hizzoner’s second year in office, quadruple the rate of New York City.
Gun shops are outlawed, and there are no civilian gun ranges within city limits. Yet the more the plans fail, the more the planners plan. Emanuel says he is “working on an ordinance that would restrict guns more tightly,” WLS-TV Chicago reported earlier this month.
The Windy City provides stark evidence that tougher gun restrictions fail to make us safer, and the left must find a way to explain this away.
Enter Christie Hefner, the former chairwoman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises who is now working with the far-left organization, Center for American Progress.
On Wednesday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hefner said Chicago’s sky-high murder rate could be blamed — at least in part — on climate change, according to the Daily Caller.
Talk about killing two birds with one stone (pardon the pun).
“Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],” Hefner said. “And this year we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem odd, but it is factually true. One of them is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer. And we are having this climate change effect that is driving that.”
Which begs the question: Is it just hotter in Chicago?
The most recent FBI statistics show that overall, violent crime was down in 2011 across America. What’s more, the Midwest, which includes Chicago, had the country’s lowest violent crime rate, with 349.9 reported cases per 100,000 residents.
In a forward-looking October article that focused on gun violence in Chicago and Obama’s position on gun control, Breitbart.com closed with this ominous warning: “Just think, this means that if Obama wins a second term the whole country will get a chance to enjoy the same kind of peace and tranquility Chicagoans enjoy on their gun-free streets everyday.”
Past, meet the future.