As the sun set on Lori Lightfoot’s tenure as Mayor of Chicago, the city was, unfortunately, treated to a grim demonstration of the failure of her administration. No less than 26 people were shot in her final weekend in office, four of them meeting a fatal end. A tragic testament to her inability to provide the basic security our citizens deserve.
During her term, Lightfoot faced a daunting task – to stem the tide of gun violence that has gripped our city. Unfortunately, her efforts, or lack thereof, have done little to curb the rampant violence.
The figures speak for themselves. The most violent year of Lightfoot’s tenure was 2021, which shamefully earned the title of being the deadliest year Chicago has witnessed in a quarter of a century.
A staggering 797 homicides were confirmed, a statistic that sends a shiver down any true American’s spine.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t claim that curbing gun violence is a simple task. It’s a complex issue, requiring both strong leadership and a commitment to uphold the law. But Lightfoot’s administration seemed to lack both. The result? A city living in fear, where even standing on the street is a gamble with death.
Just last Sunday, three people were shot “while standing in the first block of West Hubbard Street.” Two of them are now fighting for their lives. Not long after, police found another man dead on South Marquette Avenue, a gunshot wound to his head. A chilling reminder that under Lightfoot’s watch, the sanctity of life in Chicago has been under constant threat.
The tally for this year alone is already a heartbreaking 170 lives lost. Each one of them a son or daughter, a mother or father, a brother or sister. These are not mere statistics – they represent the shattered lives and broken dreams of real Americans.
So, as we bid farewell to Lightfoot and her reign, we must hold our new leaders accountable. We need to demand action, not just lip service.
We need leaders who understand the importance of law and order, who respect our Constitution, and who aren’t afraid to make the tough decisions that will restore our city to its former glory.
Because at the end of the day, the measure of any society is how it treats its most vulnerable. And by that measure, Lightfoot’s Chicago has sadly fallen short.
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