Lori Lightfoot: Guns Are Like Dangerous Baby Cribs That Need To Be Taken Off The Market

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Outgoing Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday on MSNBC that guns are equivalent to dangerous baby cribs and consumer products that need to be taken off the market.

“Mayor Lightfoot, just on guns, like many other cities across the nation, Chicago is facing its own challenges. What is your advice to the next mayor about how to tackle Chicago’s handgun crisis?”

“The problem is the guns are pouring over the border from states that have a very different sensibility about gun and violent crime,” Lightfoot said, saying there should be two things done at the national level.

“Obviously, common sense gun control but most importantly, most importantly, strip the immunity that the gun manufacturers have. If individuals and families and communities were able to sue the gun manufacturers for their havoc they’re wreaking and the blood money they are reaping profits from, we would see a dramatic change. We wouldn’t see them making more serious, violent guns. We wouldn’t see them having record sales because every single time in the history of our country, when we’ve seen a product that is unsafe, whether it’s baby cribs, whether it’s cars, whether it’s consumer products, we take those products off the market.” (RELATED: Bill Clinton Says Kids Can’t Die Just Because People Want To Keep Their 2A Freedoms)

“We should be doing the same thing with these weapons of war that have no business being in the hands of civilians,” she added.

Chicago saw 2,832 shootings in 2022 while police recovered 12,716 illegal firearms, according to WTTW. Nearly 50% of illegal guns recovered in the entire state are purchased in-state, while Indiana accounts for 16.7%, Missouri 5.4%, Wisconsin 3.9% and Kentucky 2.6%, according to ABC 7 Chicago. 

Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation in January that enacted a statewide ban on so-called “assault weapons” and placed a limit on magazine capacities.