We ridiculed Murder City USA Mayor Brandon Johnson’s clumsy, dim-witted proposal to buy votes to reduce the rampant violent crime that’s leaving his city a total cesspool of crime and violence. However, the crime problem could be brought under control in short order – IF Brandon Johnson and the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus really wanted to do so.
#Chicago’s crime wave is still on the move.
YTD 2023 major #crimes are 34% higher than in 2022, which in turn was 33% percent higher than in 2021. Via @Wirepoints https://t.co/gfvYAzkcML #twill @GovPritzker #illinois @ChicagosMayor pic.twitter.com/gVoQqcPjLT
— Wirepoints (@Wirepoints) August 17, 2023
If they really wanted to bring crime down to civilized levels, they wouldn’t even need to reinvent the wheel to do so.
Florida had a violent crime crisis long ago. Then they implemented a 10-20-Life law. Bad guys toting guns in the commission of violent crimes got a 10-year sentencing enhancement on top of the underlying crime. There were no options for plea bargains, probation or early release. This was hard time.
Thugs discharging their guns picked up twenty extra years, effectively taking them out of circulation for a generation. And if their shots wounded or killed anyone, they got a 25-years to Life enhancement, keeping them locked up for even longer.
With a few short years under 10-20-Life, Florida’s firearm violent crime numbers fell to historic lows.
Contrast Florida’s response to real-world Chicago, where armed carjackers are released without bail. And where a drunk woman, illegally packing heat, can pull her gun, shoot at others (see above video) and escape with nothing but a misdemeanor charge. In Florida, Mr. Carjacker would have been sent upriver for a minimum of 10-20 years. As for little Miss Dangerous popping shots at people who “disrespected” her, she would have been a guest of the Department of Corrections for a minimum of 20 years.
Implementing any programs to hold violent criminal predators responsible for their mayhem would require locking up bad guys. That’s something the Illinois Black Caucus, Mayor Brandon Johnson and other radicals among the Illinois Democratic party refuse to do.
It’s so much easier to just blame law-abiding gun owners.