Katie Kieffer

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel loves to control Chicagoans, so he hates the truth about guns.

To address Chicago’s high crime rate, Emanuel debuted a plan before the City Council last week that is guaranteed to fail to prevent crimes committed with guns and succeed at rendering law-abiding citizens defenseless.

Emanuel proposes barring gun stores in 99.5% of the city and mandating that the few allowable gun stores undergo quarterly audits and install spy cams. He also blames other states for his state’s high crime rate.

In a testament to his enormous confidence in his plan, Emanuel did not allow immediate comments on his plan. Well, I am concerned young American woman and I have a few comments to share on Emanuel’s people-control scheme.

Truth #1: Stricter Gun Regulations Won’t Stop Crime

Emanuel blames other states with supposedly looser gun laws for the gun-related crime in his city. However, the tragic shooting committed by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger on May 23 near the University of California Santa Barbara proves Emanuel wrong.

California has the strictest gun regulations of all 50 states and maintains a central database that ostensibly allows police to track criminals via quick and easy access to all gun purchases. It turns out that shortly before Rodger packed his BWM with three semiautomatic firearms and went on a wild killing spree, his mother asked police to check in on her son at his apartment. His mother was concerned by the disturbing videos her son was posting online.

The police knocked on Rodger’s door and Rodger threw on the charm—pretending to be a polite and shy young man. The police fell for his act and never checked California’s database before or after they met Rodger. If they had, they would have learned that he had three firearms hidden in his room as well as a journal detailing his dreams to use guns to commit heinous mass violence.

Rodger’s aunt, Jenni Rodger, told SkyNews: “He was always a disturbed child.” Indeed, Rodger had aired his erratic behavior to the world by posting a series of videos on YouTube; by calling the police and accusing his roommate of stealing $20 worth of petty candles; by throwing a massive tantrum when he did not win the lottery; and by communicating his feelings of misery and extreme sexual insecurity to his parents.

It appears as though his family may have enabled his crime by allowing him to live alone and own guns despite his obvious mental instability; by providing him with a motor vehicle; and by failing to properly treat his depression and anger. Ultimately, California’s super strict guns laws failed to prevent Rodger’s raging violence.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.