A Democrat politician in Chicago has begun promoting a plan to ask gang members to restrict their shootings to nighttime in order to address the city’s skyrocketing homicide rate.
As Chicago continues to sit at the top of the nation in terms of the homicide rate, and the city’s far-left politicians and prosecutors continue to be soft on crime, people are now proposing more bizarre and unorthodox methods of dealing with the rising crime — including essentially scheduling gang shootings.
A group called Native Sons is asking gang members to restrict their shootings to between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. — and Chicago alderwoman Maria Hadden has decided to promote this proposal in an email newsletter, sharing comments from the group’s co-founder Tatiana Atkins.
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“We have to start somewhere,” Atkins said during an interview with a local TV outlet. “Our goal is to approach our city’s gun violence problem strategically and not all at once. Things didn’t become this way overnight and change won’t happen overnight.”
“Under this ordinance, we ask that people stop associating with and glorifying’ shooters,’ stop glorifying ‘switches,’ and stop wearing those ski masks everywhere which perpetuates you as some ‘opp,’” Atkins continued. “When those who live a certain lifestyle try to hang with ‘regular’ class citizens, they put everyone at risk.”
The “switches” that Atkins is referring to are objects used to turn some semi-automatic handguns into essentially automatic-firing weapons.
Atkins went on to explain the reasons behind her group’s plan — noting that innocent children and adults are being caught in the crossfire during gang-related shootings in the dangerous Democrat-run city.
“If people know that after a certain hour, the likelihood of them being shot by an unknown and unprovoked assailant are at a higher risk, they will be less likely to be out and about, and they may become more proactive with the supervision of their children,” she explained. “At the end of the day, 5-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, 14-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, 78-year-olds are being killed by gun violence, pregnant women are being killed by gun violence, young boys with bright futures are being killed by gun violence, fathers are being killed by gun violence, and this shouldn’t be happening.”
Atkins noted that she had already spoken to some gang members about the plan and received “positive feedback.”
“I myself have reached out to active gang members in regards to this ordinance and have had more positive feedback than negative and have even had some of them (a small few) post this ordinance to their social media as well,” Atkins concluded. “We live in a trend society, let’s get the right things trending – the more media, government officials, and community residents believe in this ordinance and stand behind it, the more likely the people will align with the ordinance.”
According to a February 2023 report, Chicago had the highest number of homicides for a major U.S. city in 2022 — with 697 total recorded homicides. Chicago has led the nation with the highest homicide rate for the last 11 consecutive years.