Katie Kieffer

Truth #2: Chicago’s problem is a not gun problem

“Chicago’s violence problem is largely a gun problem,” Emanuel claims. He is 100 % wrong. Guns are not running around shooting people. Guns are inanimate objects and tools of self-defense.

Another lesson from the UC Santa Barbara shooting is that mentally disturbed individuals like Rodger don’t need guns to commit crime. As Rodger chronologized in his journal, he first expressed his violent fantasies by throwing coffee and tea at a kissing couple outside of a Starbucks store and then by spraying orange juice at students playing kickball.

Before he used firearms to fatally shoot three victims, he used a knife to stab and kill his three roommates. He also used the BMW 3-series that his mother thoughtlessly gave him to get away from the police, wound additional pedestrians and ram a bicyclist before he shot himself.

As I prove in my new book, Let Me Be Clear, the Obama administration’s insatiable drive to control gun owners—while ignoring the fact that mentally ill individuals commit mass violence—is directly responsible for why five of the twelve largest mass shootings in American history have occurred under Obama’s watch.

Truth #3: We can’t trust government auditors and spies

Emanuel’s plan stipulates that gun stores install cameras “to record the point of sale.” What will additional cameras do? As mentioned above, mentally disturbed individuals like Rodger are notorious for conning their own parents as well as trained law enforcement officers into believing they are timid and harmless. Many gun stores already utilize security cameras. So, this feels like Emanuel’s attempt to add a meaningless bullet point to his list and feign to crack down on crime when he may as well be playing Candy Crush.

Emanuel’s plan would also subject gun stores to quarterly audits. Emanuel is misleading Chicagoans to believe that if they hand more power over to bureaucrats, they’ll be safer.

Well, guess what? Time after time bureaucrats fail to keep us safe and free. Their insatiable desire for power drives them to abuse their power and neglect their duty to defend American citizens and laws. These are a few of the government’s top “auditors:” Eric Holder (recall Fast & Furious and his habit of gunning down gun owners and journalists), Lois Lerner (the IRS’ #1 Girl Gone Wild), Hillary Clinton (recall Benghazi), and Barack Obama (recall the Veterans Affairs Scandal).

Emanuel governs by picking up blades of grass to see which way the Windy City blows. If he genuinely cares about keeping Chicago safe, Emanuel must reform his ways and govern based on the truth about guns.


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.