Donald Trump points out “almost 4,000” people have been killed in Chicago under President Obama’s watch.
Trump was discussing the problems Democrat policies create for inner city blacks and Hispanics. He singled out the Democrat approach to policing–which excludes “stop and frisk” while substituting gun control in its place. The climate created by such an approach has been on display in Chicago during Obama’s presidency and has begun shattering records for gun violence during 2016.
The Washington Post published a transcript of the debate, in which Trump said:
We have a situation where we have our inner cities, African- Americans, Hispanics are living in he’ll because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.
In Chicago, they’ve had thousands of shootings, thousands since January 1st. Thousands of shootings. And I’m saying, where is this? Is this a war-torn country? What are we doing? And we have to stop the violence. We have to bring back law and order. In a place like Chicago, where thousands of people have been killed, thousands over the last number of years, in fact, almost 4,000 have been killed since Barack Obama became president, over — almost 4,000 people in Chicago have been killed.
“Almost 4,000.” Have nearly that many lives been taken in cold blood in one city under Obama’s watch?
ABC 7 reported approximately 453 homicides in Chicago in 2009, the Chicago Tribune reported 431 in 2010 and approximately 423 in 2011. CBS 5 reports that “Chicago was the nation’s murder capital in 2012,” with over 500 homicides. Chicago’s STMW reported 415 murders in 2013 and Time magazine reported 416 in 2o14. And BET reported “over 500” homicides in Chicago in 2015. The Tribune reports there have already been 550 homicides this year, with three months left to go. That brings the total number of murders in Chicago to approximately 3,700–or “almost 4,000” under Obama’s watch.
Trump’s solution to this massive loss of life is stop and frisk coupled with policing that “[takes] the gun away from criminals who shouldn’t be having it.” He also wants protections that ensure law-abiding blacks and Hispanics can have the guns they need for defense of themselves and their families. Hillary Clinton rejected stop and frisk during the debate and pushed even more gun control as a solution to the failures of gun control in Chicago and elsewhere.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.