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Chicago Mayor Blames Gun Violence on ‘Coward Republicans Like Ted Cruz’

Lightfoot made similar comments earlier this year, claiming her city’s gun crisis was possible due to Indiana’s firearms laws.

Chicago Mayor Blames Gun Violence on ‘Coward Republicans Like Ted Cruz' 1 KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot weighed-in on the out-of-control gun violence sweeping her city Monday night; blaming “coward Republicans” from neighboring states for the recent spike in shootings.

“Gun control doesn’t work. Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens,” posted Cruz on social media.

Lightfoot fired-back moments later.

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth,” posted Lightfoot.

Lightfoot made similar comments earlier this year, claiming her city’s gun crisis was possible due to Indiana’s firearms laws.

“Previously we had a law enforcement first and only strategy and it wasn’t working. It’s not working when you talk about neighborhoods where the unemployment rate is 25% or higher. It’s not working when you think about the fact that in many communities, 90% or more of residents are depending on public assistance and where neighborhoods haven’t been invested in, where there’s no real legitimate economic activity,” said Lightfoot.

“The fact that you can cross the border, go into Indiana and purchase military-grade weapons at any number with no background check is a terrible thing, not only for a city but look at the devastation that gun violence is wreaking every single day in our community,” she added.