Over 100 Shot in Chicago Over July 4th Weekend: Mayor Johnson Blames Nixon

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Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, director of government affairs at Agudath Israel of Illinois, and Chicago mayorial candidate Brandon Johnson at a meeting prior to Johnson's election win on April 5, 2023. Credit: Agudath Israel of Illinois.

Chicago, IL (VINnews)— The July 4th weekend turned tragic in Chicago as over 100 people were shot in a wave of violence that has left the city reeling. Amid the chaos and grief, Mayor Brandon Johnson pointed fingers at a seemingly unlikely culprit: former President Richard Nixon.

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The violence, which resulted in at least a dozen fatalities, has sparked outrage and calls for action across the city. Families and communities are grappling with the aftermath of the bloodshed, seeking answers and solutions to the persistent problem of gun violence.

In a surprising turn during a press conference, Mayor Johnson attributed the root cause of the violence to policies dating back to the Nixon administration. He argued that the War on Drugs, initiated under Nixon in the 1970s, laid the groundwork for systemic issues that continue to plague urban areas like Chicago.

“The policies implemented during the Nixon era have had long-lasting impacts on our communities,” Johnson stated. “The War on Drugs criminalized poverty and led to mass incarceration, disproportionately affecting African American communities and other minorities. These policies have perpetuated cycles of violence and disenfranchisement.”

Johnson’s comments have sparked a heated debate. Critics argue that blaming Nixon for current violence is a deflection from present-day issues and responsibilities. They call for immediate, tangible solutions rather than historical analysis.

Supporters, however, contend that understanding the historical context is crucial for addressing the root causes of violence. They emphasize the need for comprehensive reforms that go beyond policing, including investment in education, mental health services, and economic opportunities in underserved communities.

Chicago’s ongoing struggle with gun violence is a complex issue with no easy solutions. The city’s leadership, law enforcement, and community organizations are under immense pressure to find effective strategies to ensure public safety. Mayor Johnson’s remarks highlight the multifaceted nature of the problem, suggesting that addressing it requires looking at both historical and current factors.


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Speak softly
Speak softly
9 days ago

How about the lack of moral leadership? Instead of pandering, why won’t black leaders demand more of their constituents- family cohesion, education and responsibility? Not every answer is a government program that enriches the few and cheats the many.
To be poor is not a crime – robbing people of purpose, direction and hope is criminal. A former President from Chicago promised change – he failed his neighbors miserably.

Yaakov S
Yaakov S
9 days ago

Why am I not shocked. Let alone not even surprised? So typical. These are the totally incompetent clowns that run for major public office and win. Voters are just as stupid!

See
See
9 days ago

How come he didn’t blame Israel ? Just asking….

5TResident
Noble Member
5TResident
9 days ago

Nonsense. Nixon was President 50 years ago. There have been a number of Democratic presidents, Illinois governors and Chicago mayors since then.

Democrats support mutilating confused children.
Democrats support mutilating confused children.
9 days ago

“Chicago’s ongoing struggle with gun violence” the ongoing struggle is with criminal violence and the politicians who do everything to free more criminals to roam the streets.

Non
Non
9 days ago

Outlaw all video games and violent movies. They’re all so used to playing these shooting video games that it’s no big deal to shoot a real gun.

Zushe
Zushe
9 days ago

What? You haven’t had a chance to fix your city since Nixon? If that is your attitude you shouldn’t be running anything.

zlate1
zlate1
9 days ago

Empowering your police, electing DAs that believe in prosecuting criminals and incarcerating them as needed, stoping to pander to Teachers Unions, would go s long way to fix some of Chicago’s problems.

Family
Family
9 days ago

Lack of the traditional families structure is the cause.
Encouraging a maturnal based family will lead to never ending violence

anaymous
anaymous
9 days ago

What is this Moron smoking?

Mayor Richard Daley
Mayor Richard Daley
8 days ago

Chicago has a history of corruption going back 50 – 60 years with democratic mayors winning elections because even dead people have the right to vote
Once you have moral decay it’s only going to get worse like today I. Chicago

Robert Goldman
Robert Goldman
8 days ago

Well well well I’m impressed that he didn’t blame Trump. But tricky Dick? What a reach.. this one really needed arm extenders..
It’s more likely the fault of the old Richard Daily regime and the fact it’s been under democrats control since like forever..

anonymous
anonymous
8 days ago

It’s almost comical

The_Truth
Famed Member
The_Truth
8 days ago

I’m surprised he didn’t blame the slave owners!

It's Trumps fault. Letitia James is right
It's Trumps fault. Letitia James is right
9 days ago

Brandon makes Jamaal Bowman look like Shakespeare.
Anyway, we know the root cause of all violent black deaths in Chicago is from WHITE SUPREMACY! Why can’t you white Republican racists acknowledge that Merrick Garland and Chris Wray were correct in their assessment?! I guess you racists haven’t seen the footage of scrawny white teenagers from Idaho, wearing red MAGA hats, roaming the streets of South Chicago. I guess Faux news didn’t show it either? You just wait till Kamala Harris becomes President, and she’ll round up all you white middle class males and throw you into reeducation camps.

Wilbur
Wilbur
8 days ago

Just look at South Africa. Was it better before Nelson Mandela or not? Under the normal governance of the white supremacists of yore, would they have accused and humiliated Israel as they had in in the ICC and ICJ? No way!

RINA
RINA
9 days ago

Here are some words that might help fix Chicago:

Two parent families
Working and involved fathers
Mothers who model morality
Ethics, morals, family values
Teaching children to value education
Work ethic
Stopping the blame game
Taking responsibility
Honest self reflection

PlEASE DON’T SHOOT ME!

Iyyar5
Iyyar5
8 days ago

The only immediate tangible solution known unto mankind, is to vote for President Donald Trump שליט”א and turn Illinois into a red state of the electoral college map

lazy-boy
lazy-boy
8 days ago

I was born and raised in Chicago. the south side was always a rough place. Glad I live in Eretz Yisroel. Such a difference.

Bertche Yaknehaz
Bertche Yaknehaz
8 days ago

Of course, Johnson is soulless and submental. And Nixon was reelected by 49 states and one of the most popular presidents in the black “community.”

anon
anon
8 days ago

Written by an AI?

Esther in LA
Esther in LA
8 days ago

Who’s more pathetic,this mayor or the people that believe him?

Chamas hemelech
Chamas hemelech
4 days ago

Blame hank aaron

Chamas hemelech
Chamas hemelech
4 days ago

Mentality of black failures is to blame blame blame blame

Paul Near Philadelphia
Paul Near Philadelphia
8 days ago

Why do we always see news stories about the homicide rate in Chicago? Lot of American cities have higher rates. Chicago has a murder rate of about 30. New Orleans is more than double that at 71. (per 100,000). Baltimore is about 58. Detroit is 49. Heck Memphis is 48.

Why all the excited reporting about Chicago? Chicago is not even in the top cities in the US in terms of homicide rates.