Mayor Lightfoot Addresses Memorial Day Weekend Gun Violence

Steve Miller
May 28, 2019 - 8:21 am

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago witnessed a violent Memorial Day weekend before the storms arrived Monday afternoon. 

Mayor Lightfoot said the city has made some progress in heading-off violence.

"We still are challenged a bit in dealing with large crowds, and that's something we've got to get right," she said.

"There are too many guns on our streets and they're too readily accessible to people who aren't thinking about the consequences of their action - that they're destroying lives."

Lightfoot told reporters how she learned over the weekend about shooting after shooting.

"It is quite amazing to see my email populated every few minutes, it seems, with reports of people being shot," Lightfoot said.

She said she knows there are many causes.

"I certainly knew that before, but to see it graphically depicted is quite shocking and it says we've got a long way to go as a city," she said.

"We've got to keep getting that message out that the way to solve disputes is not by picking up a handgun. And for those who think it is, we can give them no quarter. They can have no sanctuary in our city."

The Mayor spoke to reporters after laying a wreath for fallen police officers and firefighters at a Memorial Day service in Grant Park, where she said those who served and died should be remembered - and veterans, she said, should not be sleeping on the street at night.

At least 39 people were shot — seven fatally — in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend, including five people shot in a single incident Sunday on the Near West Side.