Lori Lightfoot
Lori Lightfoot / FACEBOOK

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to Ted Cruz: ‘Keep our name out of your mouth’

Ted Cruz said that Chicago’s strict gun laws are evidence that “gun control doesn’t work” after Labor Day weekend in the city saw seven people shot dead and 34 wounded. The city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, quickly fought back with words of her own––and actual facts.

“60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL-mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact common sense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth,” Lightfoot tweeted.


The data that she cited showed that Indiana, Mississippi and Wisconsin were three states that many recovered firearms are sourced from. The report  found that Chicago’s neighboring state of Indiana brought in 1 in 5 illegal guns.

Despite Lightfoot’s tweet, she and Cruz got into a heated debate on Twitter. Both are from states that have recently seen at least one mass shooting. There were two in Texas in August alone, so it’s unclear how Cruz thinks that gun control is working better there.

Lightfoot continued after Cruz on Twitter and slammed him in front of reporters in Chicago.

“Given the tragedy that’s happened in Texas over the last few weeks, tragedies plural, it’s surprising to me that Senator Cruz would do anything other than work his butt off to better represent the citizens of Texas,” Lightfoot said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “There’s a great need across this country for federal leadership in particular to step up and come forward with a real plan to deal with the gun violence that we’re seeing not only in cities like Chicago but really across the country.”

Related Article: Video: Parkland Mass Shooting Survivors Unveil Gun Control Proposal

If “you really care about Chicagoans, Texans and everyone facing gun violence, take action,” Lightfoot wrote in a tweet that also tagged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky. “Do your job.”

Cruz tweeted the common refrain from those who don’t want gun reform and who often criticize Chicago for attempting to control the flow of guns through the city.

“Gun control doesn’t work,” Cruz wrote. “Look at Chicago. Disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer. Stopping violent criminals — prosecuting & getting them off the street — BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates. Let’s protect our citizens.”

However, Chicago does not have the nation’s toughest gun laws, according to debunking done by The Washington Post’s Fact CheckerPolitiFact and NPR. Conservatives who cite Chicago also do not take into account it’s high population.

Latest News

Kaiser Permanente Mental Health App Now Available to Members at No Cost

Originally published on about.kaiserpermanente.org.  myStrength app is part of Kaiser Permanente’s effort to provide valuable tools to support mental and emotional health, particularly during stressful times. As part of its commitment to offer members innovative ways to promote personal health and wellness, particularly during increasing levels of stress and anxiety,…

Humana Announces Health Care Provider Initiative to Help Ease Financial and Administrative Stress During Coronavirus Pandemic

Originally posted on Humana.com Leading health and well-being company Humana Inc., announced actions designed to help provide financial and administrative relief for the health care provider community facing unprecedented strain during the coronavirus pandemic. First, Humana is implementing simplified and expedited claims processing, in order to get reimbursement payments to providers…

Mastercard: Learning @ Home with Girls4Tech™ Connect

Originally published on newsroom.mastercard.com. Mastercard Provides Free Online STEM Lessons to Children, Teachers and Parents Mastercard extended access to its signature STEM curriculum, Girls4Tech™, through a suite of new online, creative educational resources. The program has been designed to help parents and teachers engage and inspire kids, ages 8-12. Through…

EY Named a Leader in Managed Security Services and Professional Security Services in Asia-Pacific in Two Studies by IDC

Originally posted on EY.com EY is a leader in Asia-Pacific professional security services among 17 vendors EY has been recognized by IDC as a leader in two of its studies: IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Managed Security Services 2020 Vendor Assessment, and IDC MarketScape: Asia/Pacific Professional Security Services – Advisory, Assessment, and Awareness 2020…

March 2020 ADP National Employment Report®, ADP Small Business Report® and ADP National Franchise Report® to be Released on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Originally posted on ADP.com : ADP Research Institute® will release the March findings of the ADP National Employment Report, ADP Small Business Report and ADP National Franchise Report on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 8:15 a.m. ET. Due to the important contribution that small businesses make to economic growth, ADP Research Institute issues the ADP Small Business Report independently of the ADP National Employment Report. …

Dow Commits $3 million to Aid COVID-19 Relief Efforts and Adjusts Manufacturing Processes to Produce Hand Sanitizer

Originally posted on Dow.com Dow announced a commitment of $3 million to help fund COVID-19 relief efforts with donations going towards global relief organizations, as well as non-profits in communities where Dow operates. In addition, the Company announced it has begun producing hand sanitizer at its manufacturing site in Stade, Germany, and…