Chicago Police Overwhelmed During Riots, Mayor Says Don’t Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Chicago Police Overwhelmed During Riots, Mayor Says Don't Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

If anyone asks you why you own a gun, why you keep one in your home and why you would possibly consider carrying one, just point them to the last weekend of May in Chicago.

Police arrested 699 people for looting, mostly on the South and West sides, and found 64 guns in the process. There were 48 shootings with 17 killed on that Sunday alone. 132 officers were also injured. On Sunday, May 31st, 911 received 65,000 calls for service. At times during that day, the calls came in it at a rate of 1000-2000 every half hour.

Mayor Lightfoot said that it would have been difficult for the police department to keep up if it were three times the size. Even that wouldn’t have been enough officers but I get what she means.

The mayor went on to say:

“Obviously we’re aware of the fact that Illinois is a concealed carry state. Do not take matters into your own hands. Call the police. Do not pick up arms and try to be the police. If there’s a problem, call 911. We will respond. But I urge people to show restraint and do not take matters into your own hands.”

While I am quite sure that the Chicago police did the very best they could, how many of those 65,000 calls, again just on Sunday, went unanswered just because they were completely overwhelmed?

I’m going to give the Mayor the benefit of the doubt and assume that when she said not to take matters into your own hands that she meant in terms of trying to stop robberies and lootings and not to do whatever you might need to do to protect yourself and your family from an attack.

The reason our 2nd Amendment is so important in this country is exactly for times of civil unrest like this when police are simply unable to respond to every cry for help. And the criminals know this all too well.

Mayor Lightfoot also remarked

“We’re concerned about safety everywhere. And there are people, unfortunately, who are roving the city trying to find soft spots that they can exploit.”

And that’s why we own firearms for self-defense. Sometimes there just aren’t any officers that can come to our aid. We have no choice but to be our own protectors.

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Mark Ehlen is a USCCA certified firearms instructor, a MN DNR Firearms Safety instructor, high school trap shooting coach and a writer. As one of his uncles ran Federal Cartridge Corp for many years and his father retired from there, firearms and ammo are second nature to him. His firearms instruction is aimed at helping new shooters have a positive experience as well as understanding the practical and legal side of concealed carry. Mark can be reached at Marksmanship Firearms Training.
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