Spike Lee: Social Media Driving ‘Gun Violence’ in Chicago

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On November 11, film director Spike Lee told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he believes “social media is partly to blame” for the surge in “gun violence” and firearm-related homicides in Chicago.

Lee was with Cooper to talk about his upcoming film Chi-Raq, which is “the nickname used for the city’s war-zone-like South Side.”

According to TheWrap, Lee said, “Chicago is the canary in the coal mine. New York City has three times the population of Chicago, but Chicago has more homicides. This is the spot, Ground Zero.”

Lee’s appearance was shared with priest and gun control proponent Father Michael Pfleger. Lee said he visited with individuals who work in Chicago with Pfleger, and they told him “that social media is a major element of violence.” He said, “People post something on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and others respond to it — not by typing something on their phones but by [going] bang, bang, bang.”

Lee said he is drawn to this because he “[cares] about human beings.” So he is looking at cause and effect not only in Chicago, but also in the Bronx, New Orleans, and Philadelphia, or “Killadelphia,” as Lee calls it.

Breitbart News previously reported that numerous U.S. cities are witnessing a surge in gun crime right now. Those cities include Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, New Orleans, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, and St. Louis, among others. One commonality each of these cities share is Democrat-rule. They have been run by Democrats for decades, and gun control upon gun control has effectively made guns harder for law-abiding residents to get for self-defense, while leaving a vast supply of guns in the hands of gang members and street criminals.

Lee’s Chi-Raq premieres December 4, with a limited theater release. It will then be available on Amazon Prime.

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