Gun rights group calls on Chicago mayor to step down



A national gun rights group on Monday called for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s resignation following the release of a report last week highlighting the city’s gun violence.

In an aggressive move, the Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said it also wanted Emanuel to “admit his incompetence” in the role he played to tighten firearm regulation — something the gun rights group claims has had a negative impact on public well-being.

“Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been a disaster for public safety,” said Committee Chairman Alan Gottlieb. “His incompetence and anti-gun ideology as a public official are responsible for his inability to deal with this situation.”

The Chicago Tribune revealed Wednesday a grim milestone for the Windy City — 1,000 — the number of shootings there reaching a level or frequency not seen since the 1990s.

As of Monday, the number of Chicago shootings reached 1,051, sending 2016 well on its way to reaching the 2,988 victims who suffered shooting incidents last year.

Of the more than 1,000 shooting victims this year, some 170 of them died.

As news of the shootings milestone spread, Emanuel unveiled new police reforms meant to make the city’s law enforcement accountable and to rebuild public trust.

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