Chicago (Washington Insider Magazine) – The nation is struggling with a surge in gun violence. Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, along with two dozen other big-city mayors, “signed a letter asking the White House to take further action, ranging from investigating federally licensed gun dealers to cracking down on illegal gun sales.”
At 6 p.m. last week, the newscast announced a mass shooting in Chicago. There were eight people who had been shot, and five of those people died. Almost immediately, a White House official called Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office. The White House wanted to know what they could do to help.
In Chicago in that week alone, there had been three mass shootings. A day earlier, Austin, Texas, had experienced a mass shooting of 14 people. Sumter County, Florida, had had a mass shooting on Father’s Day. Nine people were shot, one fatally.
In recent weeks, nearly every major city in America has seen a mass shooting. We are seeing just the first of violent crimes associated with the summer months.
The White House as well as the entire nation has been focused directly on the pandemic and also distributing trillions of dollars to the infrastructure and social-welfare programs. The White House officials are really struggling to focus on the mass shootings along with everything else happening. At this time, the White House officials are attempting to focus primarily on the weapons used for the shootings.
It seems that “homicides in the first quarter of 2021 were 24 percent higher than during the same period in 2020, and 49 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2019. And according to the Gun Violence Archive, guns are driving much of that spike.” Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General, said on Tuesday in a town hall meeting with police chiefs, “It is staggering. It is sobering. It is something that DOJ is committed to do all we can to reverse what are profoundly troubling trends and a really bad trajectory that we’re on.”
It has been weeks now that the White House officials have been talking with major city mayors so that they could gauge the severity of the issue.
Domestic policy adviser, Susan Rice, and Lightfoot had a discussion in May concerning how the federal government could help. A letter was put together on June 15 to suggest how the White House could take further action to help the major cities, “ranging from investigating federally-licensed gun dealers and cracking down on illegal gun sales over social media platforms.” Lightfoot and two dozen other mayors signed this letter.
On Tuesday, the Justice Department said that there are “five strike forces that are going to target the flow of illegal firearms into places like New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.”
President Biden is expected to “unveil additional measures targeting guns and crime, including giving cities the ability to tap funding from his American Rescue Plan to help combat violence, imposing a new zero tolerance policy toward gun dealers who break the law, and investing in community policing.”