One of the things so many people love about Donald Trump is that he’s a disrupter of the status quo who isn’t afraid to put anyone — and that truly means anyone — under the gun for their failures, particularly in the civil realm.
Which is precisely what he did with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel after the city’s murder rate for 2016 was released at the end of the year.
The numbers are astounding and Emanuel certainly deserves a ton of criticism for his utter failure to implement any real, lasting change in this department.
However, Trump’s tweet on the matter not only laid the smackdown heavy on the guy, but it inspired a hashtag that went viral, and man, are the responses hilarious.
Chicago murder rate is record setting – 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017
While Chicago is the nation’s third-largest city, it had 762 homicides in 2016 — more than New York and Los Angeles combined. Chicago’s shocking murder rate is higher than it has been in 20 years.
What’s more, shootings in 2016 skyrocketed to 4,385 (both fatal and non-fatal), from 2,900 the previous year despite the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun-control laws in the United States.
Twitter immediately piled on Rahm Emanuel for his city’s inexcusable crime statistics. The hashtag #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago yielded some hilarious Twitter gems:
Asking Bill Clinton to supervise a slumber party #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago
— Liars Never Win (@liars_never_win) January 2, 2017
— TreStyles (@_TreStyles) January 2, 2017
Being a goat in an ISIS camp.
— American Anna Mull (@AnnaMull__) January 3, 2017
Being an ambassador appointed by Hillary Clinton #ThingsSaferThanRahmsChicago
— 🇺🇸Zod 2020🇬🇧 (@StormWall82) January 3, 2017
The overall point of these tweets is clear. Rahm Emanuel and his liberal buddies’ anti-gun agenda has not at all delivered on its promise to help ease the massive problem of violence in the city of Chicago.
Not by a long shot.
If becoming heavily restricted on guns hasn’t stopped the violence, perhaps it’s time to stop trying the same old garbage and start thinking outside of the box.
Maybe, just maybe, easing restrictions so law abiding citizens can exercise their Second Amendment rights would help reverse this trend?
What have they got to lose by going down this road? Their murder rate is already horrendous. If there’s a chance — and there is — less gun control could make the city safer, doesn’t Emanuel have an obligation to give it a try?
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]