Gov. Tate Reeves, the Republican from Mississippi, told the “Todd Starnes Show” on Wednesday that claims from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot that violence in her city could be tied to gun laws in other states is “ludicrous.”
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Reeves said politicians in cities like Chicago, Portland and Seattle should not be surprised at all of the results when they protect violent anarchists over their own police forces.
“To try and blame the people of Mississippi for the lawlessness that is occurring in the city of Chicago…it makes no sense at all,” he said. He said that Lightfoot’s claim is a traditional liberal spin that blames guns and not the lawbreakers for crimes.
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He said Lightfoot is wrong to blame a state that upholds Second Amendment rights and he said the state had these gun laws for years. He said he fails to understand how Lightfoot can try to sell the argument that somehow these laws are only now contributing to the skyrocketing murder rate.
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Todd Starnes, the host of the radio program, pointed out that the Windy City has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. He pointed to a report in Y’all Politics that highlighted a recent interview that Lightfoot had on MSNBC where she said, “Sixty percent of the illegal guns that come into Chicago every year are from out of state, from Indiana, from Mississippi, from other states that have lax gun laws.”
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Reeves told the website, “No serious person could think that murders are out of control and people are burning police cars in Chicago because of Mississippi’s commitment to the constitution.”
Comparisons of Chicago and an actual warzone are not that far fetched. This past weekend alone five people were killed and 46 were injured in shootings across the city. The week earlier, the city absorbed looting after a police-officer involved shooting injured a suspect that was incorrectly rumored to be a child.
Reeves told Starnes that it is telling that the increase in crimes across the U.S. comes right after liberal politicians essentially abandoned their police. Reeves also pointed out that his state had protests over the death of George Floyd in police custody, but he credited the organizers and participants for maintaining largely peaceful gatherings without any major destruction.
“Using her logic, things would be just as bad in Mississippi and, by and large, Mississippi is a mighty peaceful state,” Starnes said.