Chicago Mayor Tells Sen. Ted Cruz to Shut up About Her City's Gun Problem, but He's Not Backing Down

Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as Federal Aviation Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and Department of Transportation Inspector General Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Washington. Two recent Boeing 737 MAX crashes, in Ethiopia and Indonesia, which killed nearly 350 people, have lead to the temporary grounding of models of the aircraft and to increased scrutiny of the FAA's delegation of a number of aspects of the certification process to the aircraft manufacturers themselves. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Subcommittee Chairman Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as FAA Acting Administrator Daniel Elwell, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and DOT I.G. Calvin Scovel appear before a Senate Transportation subcommittee hearing on commercial airline safety, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, 3/27/19, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


As Alex Parker wrote Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) took to the Twitter machine to angrily tell Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to shut up about Chicago’s well-documented gun problem earlier this week. In the process, she also tried to blame the city’s gun violence epidemic not on the Democrats who have run the city into the ground, but on … pro-gun rights Republicans.

To briefly recap, here’s what Lightfoot tweeted in response to a Twitter post from Cruz on Labor Day in which he referenced Chicago’s long history of gun violence as evidence that gun control doesn’t work:

Unfortunately for Mayor Lightfoot, Cruz didn’t back down, and later explained his position to her in a Twitter thread:


Cruz also retweeted this tweet from talk show host Joe Pagliarulo, who correctly pointed out that Lightfoot was completely missing the point:

Lightfoot responded by demanding Cruz get Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to pass an assault weapons ban and universal background checks. She also invited him to take a tour of Chicago with her in order to get him to stop the “dishonest use of our city as a cheap symbol to cover for the GOP’s unwillingness to protect their constituents.”

Cruz didn’t take the bait:


Though the Senator didn’t take the Mayor up on her offer to tour Chicago, he did agree to meet with actress/hacktivist Alyssa Milano to discuss gun rights after schooling her on the correlation between the Bible and the right to use a gun for self-defense.

Stay tuned.

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