Congress Needs To Step Up, Says Chicago Mayor | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Congress Needs To Step Up, Says Chicago Mayor | Morning Joe | MSNBC


>>>WELCOME BACK TO “MORNING>>>WELCOME BACK TO “MORNING JOE.” JOE.” MORE THAN 200 MAYORS HAVE SIGNED MORE THAN 200 MAYORS HAVE SIGNED A LETTER CALLING ON THE SENATE A LETTER CALLING ON THE SENATE TO RETURN FROM THE SUMMER BREAK TO RETURN FROM THE SUMMER BREAK TO PASS THE BACKGROUND CHECK TO PASS THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILLS APPROVED IN THE U.S. HOUSE BILLS APPROVED IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. OF REPRESENTATIVES. ALSO WITH US, MY FRIEND, THE ALSO WITH US, MY FRIEND, THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK, REVEREND AL SHARPTON. NETWORK, REVEREND AL SHARPTON. MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, I ASKED YOU, MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, I ASKED YOU, YOU KNOW, IT’S KIND OF AMAZING YOU KNOW, IT’S KIND OF AMAZING TO ME, THERE WAS A CONFERENCE TO ME, THERE WAS A CONFERENCE CALL THE OTHER DAY AMONG HOUSE CALL THE OTHER DAY AMONG HOUSE DEMOCRATS WHERE THERE WAS SOME DEMOCRATS WHERE THERE WAS SOME KIND OF A SPLIT BETWEEN THEM KIND OF A SPLIT BETWEEN THEM ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. SHOULD DO. SHOULD THEY COME BACK INTO SHOULD THEY COME BACK INTO SESSION, SHOULD THEY TRY TO SESSION, SHOULD THEY TRY TO PRESSURE THE SENATE TO COME BACK PRESSURE THE SENATE TO COME BACK INTO SESSION? INTO SESSION? THE IDEA THE DEMOCRATS AREN’T THE IDEA THE DEMOCRATS AREN’T UNIFIED ON THIS FRONT STRIKES ME UNIFIED ON THIS FRONT STRIKES ME AS AMAZING. AS AMAZING.>>ALL WE NEED TO SAY IS GILROY,>>ALL WE NEED TO SAY IS GILROY, EL PASO, DAYTON, EL PASO, DAYTON, CHARLOTTESVILLE, EVERY MAJOR CHARLOTTESVILLE, EVERY MAJOR TOWN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IS TOWN ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IS AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE. AFFECTED BY GUN VIOLENCE. IT’S TIME FOR THE SENATE TO COME IT’S TIME FOR THE SENATE TO COME BACK IN AND DO ITS JOB. BACK IN AND DO ITS JOB. GIVE US A CLEAN BILL, NO POISON GIVE US A CLEAN BILL, NO POISON PILLS, GET THE ONDONE. PILLS, GET THE ONDONE.>>DO YOU THINK MAYOR LIGHTFOOT,>>DO YOU THINK MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, IT WAS RAISED ON THIS SHOW IT WAS RAISED ON THIS SHOW EARLIER TODAY THAT, YOU KNOW, EARLIER TODAY THAT, YOU KNOW, THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILL, THE BACKGROUND CHECK BILL, ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE A FIRST ALTHOUGH IT WOULD BE A FIRST STEP, THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF STEP, THERE ARE AN AWFUL LOT OF THESE SHOOTINGS THAT WOULD NOT THESE SHOOTINGS THAT WOULD NOT BE STOPPED BY THAT IF IT WERE IN BE STOPPED BY THAT IF IT WERE IN THE LAW AND, IN FACT, WE NEED TO THE LAW AND, IN FACT, WE NEED TO GO MUCH FURTHER, AT LEAST AS FAR GO MUCH FURTHER, AT LEAST AS FAR AS TO THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IF AS TO THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN IF WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A REAL DENT WE’RE GOING TO MAKE A REAL DENT IN THE PROBLEM. IN THE PROBLEM.>>GIVEN THE INACTION, LET’S>>GIVEN THE INACTION, LET’S TAKE THE FIRST STEP. TAKE THE FIRST STEP. THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A PATCHWORK OF STATE LAWS THAT PATCHWORK OF STATE LAWS THAT HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS, SOME DO, HAVE BACKGROUND CHECKS, SOME DO, SOME DON’T, WE HAVE TO HAVE A SOME DON’T, WE HAVE TO HAVE A UNIFORM SYSTEM. UNIFORM SYSTEM. LET’S START WITH UNIVERSAL LET’S START WITH UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS. BACKGROUND CHECKS.>>I’VE DISCOVERED THIS IS A>>I’VE DISCOVERED THIS IS A REAL COMPLEX PROBLEM IN TERMS OF REAL COMPLEX PROBLEM IN TERMS OF DEALING WITH THE GUN VIOLENCE DEALING WITH THE GUN VIOLENCE THAT YOU NOW ARE IN CHARGE OF THAT YOU NOW ARE IN CHARGE OF THE CITY. THE CITY. AND YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE AND YOU COMBINE THAT WITH THE POLICE BRUTALITY CASE, A CASE POLICE BRUTALITY CASE, A CASE YOU CHALLENGE YOUR PREDECESSOR YOU CHALLENGE YOUR PREDECESSOR ON. ON. AND I THINK AMONG ANY MAYOR, YOU AND I THINK AMONG ANY MAYOR, YOU HAVE THE BALANCE OF DEALING WITH HAVE THE BALANCE OF DEALING WITH THE BROKEN COMMUNITY POLICE THE BROKEN COMMUNITY POLICE RELATIONS AND DEALING WITH THE RELATIONS AND DEALING WITH THE GUN PROBLEM. GUN PROBLEM. IS THAT PART OF WHY YOU TOOK ON IS THAT PART OF WHY YOU TOOK ON IVANKA TRUMP KIND OF MISCASTING IVANKA TRUMP KIND OF MISCASTING WHAT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO LAST WHAT HAPPENED IN CHICAGO LAST WEEKEND IN COMPARISON TO EL PASO WEEKEND IN COMPARISON TO EL PASO AND DAYTON, OHIO? AND DAYTON, OHIO?>>FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU REALLY>>FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HELP, PICK UP THE PHONE WANT TO HELP, PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL ME. AND CALL ME. ASK ME WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM THE ASK ME WHAT YOU CAN DO FROM THE PLATFORM THAT YOU HAVE TO REALLY PLATFORM THAT YOU HAVE TO REALLY BENEFIT CITY THAT’S ARE IN NEED. BENEFIT CITY THAT’S ARE IN NEED. THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE THING. THAT’S THE NUMBER ONE THING. DON’T GOVERN BY TWEET AND DON’T DON’T GOVERN BY TWEET AND DON’T GET THE FACTS WRONG. GET THE FACTS WRONG. THAT’S WHY I REALLY TOOK ISSUE THAT’S WHY I REALLY TOOK ISSUE WITH WHAT SHE DID. WITH WHAT SHE DID. WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A LINE OF WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A LINE OF COMMUNICATION. COMMUNICATION. HER STAFF IS IN CONTACT WITH US HER STAFF IS IN CONTACT WITH US ON A REGULAR BASIS. ON A REGULAR BASIS. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE A IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, YOU DON’T DO IT VIA DIFFERENCE, YOU DON’T DO IT VIA TWEET, VIA FACEBOOK, YOU GET TWEET, VIA FACEBOOK, YOU GET DOWN AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DOWN AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE FACTS ARE AND THEN YOU OFFER A FACTS ARE AND THEN YOU OFFER A PATH FORWARD. PATH FORWARD.>>MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, SENATE>>MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER SAID HE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE UP SAID HE DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE UP THE BILL THAT HAS RED FLAG LAWS THE BILL THAT HAS RED FLAG LAWS ON IT. ON IT. RED FLAG IS CURRENTLY IN 17 RED FLAG IS CURRENTLY IN 17 STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. STATES ACROSS THE COUNTRY. IS THAT PLAYING POLITICS? IS THAT PLAYING POLITICS?>>I THINK IF WE HAVE THIS>>I THINK IF WE HAVE THIS MOMENT WHERE THE REPUBLICANS ARE MOMENT WHERE THE REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING THEY’RE WILLING TO SAYING THEY’RE WILLING TO ACTUALLY MOVE FORWARD, WHERE ACTUALLY MOVE FORWARD, WHERE MITCH McCONNELL ISN’T BEING A MITCH McCONNELL ISN’T BEING A COMPLETE OBSTRUCTIONIST, WE HAVE COMPLETE OBSTRUCTIONIST, WE HAVE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT MOMENT. MOMENT. AND I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR AND I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR SENATOR SCHUMER, BUT NOW IS THE SENATOR SCHUMER, BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO GET SOMETHING DONE. TIME TO GET SOMETHING DONE. WHAT WE ALL NEED TO ASK WHAT WE ALL NEED TO ASK OURSELVES IS HOW MANY MORE OURSELVES IS HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIED BEFORE THE PEOPLE HAVE TO DIED BEFORE THE CONGRESS PUTS ASIDE PARTISAN CONGRESS PUTS ASIDE PARTISAN BICKERING, THEIR OWN DESIRE TO BICKERING, THEIR OWN DESIRE TO PERPETUATE POWER, HOW DO WE PERPETUATE POWER, HOW DO WE EXPLAIN THAT TO THE YOUNG EXPLAIN THAT TO THE YOUNG CHILDREN, THE YOUNG MOTHERS AND CHILDREN, THE YOUNG MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS THAT ARE AFFECTED GRANDMOTHERS THAT ARE AFFECTED EVERY DAY BY GUN VIOLENCE. EVERY DAY BY GUN VIOLENCE.>>HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO DIE>>HOW MANY PEOPLE NEED TO DIE UNTIL SOMETHING IS DONE. UNTIL SOMETHING IS DONE. YOU HAD LEADER McCONNELL ON THE YOU HAD LEADER McCONNELL ON THE RADIO YESTERDAY SAYING I WANT RADIO YESTERDAY SAYING I WANT BIPARTISANING LEGISLATION IN BIPARTISANING LEGISLATION IN PLACE TO KNOW SOMETHING IS PLACE TO KNOW SOMETHING IS ACTUALLY GOING TO GET PASSED. ACTUALLY GOING TO GET PASSED. IS IT POSSIBLE TO EVEN HAVE IS IT POSSIBLE TO EVEN HAVE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IN PLACE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION IN PLACE THAT COULD GET PASSED ON THAT COULD GET PASSED ON SOMETHING AS CONTROVERSIAL AS SOMETHING AS CONTROVERSIAL AS GUN REFORM? GUN REFORM?>>OF COURSE IT IS.>>OF COURSE IT IS. THE HOUSE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION THE HOUSE HAS PASSED LEGISLATION THAT I THINK A NUMBER OF THAT I THINK A NUMBER OF SENATORS WOULD PASS AND SEND TO SENATORS WOULD PASS AND SEND TO THIS PRESIDENT. THIS PRESIDENT. SO, YEAH, OF COURSE IT’S SO, YEAH, OF COURSE IT’S POSSIBLE. POSSIBLE. BUT THE POLITICIANS IN BUT THE POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON HAVE TO PILT ASIDE WASHINGTON HAVE TO PILT ASIDE THEIR POLITICS TO GET SOMETHING THEIR POLITICS TO GET SOMETHING DONE. DONE. WE NEED THE UNITED STATES WE NEED THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO STEP UP AND DO ITS CONGRESS TO STEP UP AND DO ITS JOB. JOB.>>HEY THERE, MAYOR.>>HEY THERE, MAYOR. THIS IS CAREEN JOHN PIERRE. THIS IS CAREEN JOHN PIERRE. I WANT TO LEAN ACTION BIT MORE I WANT TO LEAN ACTION BIT MORE ON MITCH McCONNELL. ON MITCH McCONNELL. YOU SAID HE WAS AN YOU SAID HE WAS AN OBSTRUCTIONIST. OBSTRUCTIONIST. IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF MITCH IF YOU WERE IN FRONT OF MITCH McCONNELL RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE McCONNELL RIGHT NOW, BECAUSE HE’S REALLY HOLDING THIS UP. HE’S REALLY HOLDING THIS UP. AS YOU KNOW, HE CAN BRING BACK AS YOU KNOW, HE CAN BRING BACK THE SENATE, YOU KNOW, AND THE THE SENATE, YOU KNOW, AND THE RECESS, BRING THEM BACK, HAVE RECESS, BRING THEM BACK, HAVE THIS VOTE. THIS VOTE. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM SO WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HIM SO THAT HE CAN LISTEN TO YOU AND THAT HE CAN LISTEN TO YOU AND HIS CONSTITUENTS AND NOT THE HIS CONSTITUENTS AND NOT THE NRA? NRA?>>I WOULD TELL HIM TO THINK>>I WOULD TELL HIM TO THINK ABOUT THE CHILDREN WHO ARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN WHO ARE SUFFERING AND GIVER ME SOME TOOL SUFFERING AND GIVER ME SOME TOOL TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT THE TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THAT THE PARTISAN SHIP AND THE PARTISAN SHIP AND THE OBSTRUCTION SHOULD TAKE OBSTRUCTION SHOULD TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER THEIR LIVES. PRECEDENCE OVER THEIR LIVES. HE NEEDS TO STRAP IT ON, GET IN HE NEEDS TO STRAP IT ON, GET IN THE GAME, BRING THE SENATE BACK THE GAME, BRING THE SENATE BACK AND LET’S GET SOMETHING DONE. AND LET’S GET SOMETHING DONE.>>MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, I WANT TO>>MAYOR LIGHTFOOT, I WANT TO ASK YOU THIS, JUST TO WIDEN THIS ASK YOU THIS, JUST TO WIDEN THIS CONVERSATION A LITTLE BIT AND CONVERSATION A LITTLE BIT AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT PRESIDENT TRUMP. PRESIDENT TRUMP. YOU KNOW, WE’VE GONE RAPIDLY IN YOU KNOW, WE’VE GONE RAPIDLY IN THE COURSE OF ON THIS WEEK, IT THE COURSE OF ON THIS WEEK, IT SEEMS TO ME, FROM DEMOCRATS SEEMS TO ME, FROM DEMOCRATS SAYING — LAYING A LOT OF THE SAYING — LAYING A LOT OF THE BLAME ON WHAT HAPPENED IN EL BLAME ON WHAT HAPPENED IN EL PASO AND IN DAYTON AT DONALD PASO AND IN DAYTON AT DONALD TRUMP’S DOORSTEP TO SAYING, TRUMP’S DOORSTEP TO SAYING, FIRST, THAT HE IS A FRIEND OF FIRST, THAT HE IS A FRIEND OF WHITE NATIONALISTS TO SAYING HE WHITE NATIONALISTS TO SAYING HE IS, IN FACT, A WHITE IS, IN FACT, A WHITE NATIONALIST. NATIONALIST. THEN FROM SAYING HE IS A FRIEND THEN FROM SAYING HE IS A FRIEND OF WHEAT SPRIEMISTS TO NOW OF WHEAT SPRIEMISTS TO NOW SAYING HE IS A WHEAT SAYING HE IS A WHEAT SUPREMACIST. SUPREMACIST. WE’VE HAD SIX DEMOCRATIC WE’VE HAD SIX DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOW COME OUT CANDIDATES WHO HAVE NOW COME OUT AND SAID DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT AND SAID DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, IS A WHITE OF THE UNITED STATES, IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST. SUPREMACIST. SO I WANT TO ASK YOU WHETHER YOU SO I WANT TO ASK YOU WHETHER YOU AGREE WITH THAT AND IF YOU AGREE AGREE WITH THAT AND IF YOU AGREE WITH IT, WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH WITH IT, WHAT IS TO BE DONE WITH IT FOR COMMUNITIES BY AND FOR IT FOR COMMUNITIES BY AND FOR COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, BIG CITIES COMMUNITIES OF COLOR, BIG CITIES LIKE YOURS IN WHICH LIKE YOURS IN WHICH AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE SUCH AN AFRICAN-AMERICANS ARE SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART? IMPORTANT PART?>>WELL, THIS CONTINUING OBJECT>>WELL, THIS CONTINUING OBJECT SUGGESTION WITH WHAT DONALD SUGGESTION WITH WHAT DONALD TRUMP IS, WHAT HE SAYS, WHAT HE TRUMP IS, WHAT HE SAYS, WHAT HE DOES, AS A MAYOR OF A BIG CITY DOES, AS A MAYOR OF A BIG CITY WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES, IT WITH A LOT OF CHALLENGES, IT DOESN’T GET THE JOB DONE FOR MY DOESN’T GET THE JOB DONE FOR MY RESIDENTS. RESIDENTS. I HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF I HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE NEEDS OF MY PEOPLE. MY PEOPLE. THE FOLKS WHO ARE WORKING CLASS THE FOLKS WHO ARE WORKING CLASS WHO GET UP EVERY SINGLE DAY AND WHO GET UP EVERY SINGLE DAY AND ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER ARE STILL WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A OR NOT THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE A PAYCHECK TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE PAYCHECK TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR OF THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN. CHILDREN. THE NICETIES OF THE DEBATE, THE NICETIES OF THE DEBATE, THAT’S A LUXURY THAT PEOPLE IN THAT’S A LUXURY THAT PEOPLE IN CITIES LIKE CHICAGO CAN’T CITIES LIKE CHICAGO CAN’T AFFORD. AFFORD. WE WANT TO WORRY ABOUT GOOD WE WANT TO WORRY ABOUT GOOD SCHOOLS, A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, SCHOOLS, A SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD, MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING. AFFORDABLE HOUSING. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MATTER THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT MATTER FRONT AND CENTER. FRONT AND CENTER. AND I’VE SAID THIS TO EVERY AND I’VE SAID THIS TO EVERY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO HAS DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE WHO HAS COME KNOCKING ON MY DOOR. COME KNOCKING ON MY DOOR. TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES TALK TO THE PEOPLE WHOSE LIVES ARE IN THE BALANCE EVERY SINGLE ARE IN THE BALANCE EVERY SINGLE DAY. DAY. IF YOU DO THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO IF YOU DO THAT, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A WINNING FORMULA. HAVE A WINNING FORMULA. BUT IF YOU CONSTANTLY CHASE BUT IF YOU CONSTANTLY CHASE AFTER EVERY SINGLE TWEET, EVERY AFTER EVERY SINGLE TWEET, EVERY SINGLE THING THAT HE DOES ON SINGLE THING THAT HE DOES ON SOCIAL MEDIA, YOU’RE MISSING THE SOCIAL MEDIA, YOU’RE MISSING THE POINT. POINT.>>THE MAYOR I THINK DID NOT>>THE MAYOR I THINK DID NOT ANSWER MY DIRECT QUESTION AND ANSWER MY DIRECT QUESTION AND I’M NOT BEING CRITICAL OF HER. I’M NOT BEING CRITICAL OF HER. I THINK WHAT SHE’S SAYING IS I THINK WHAT SHE’S SAYING IS LABELS DON’T MATTER. LABELS DON’T MATTER. I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF THIS DEBATE FOR A LONG TIME AND THIS DEBATE FOR A LONG TIME AND YOU JUST NOW OFF CAMERA — YOU JUST NOW OFF CAMERA — NO, I — NO, I –>>YOU’RE MARVELING OVER THE>>YOU’RE MARVELING OVER THE SPEED BY WHICH THIS DEBATE HAS SPEED BY WHICH THIS DEBATE HAS MOVED ON THE SUBJECT OF DONALD MOVED ON THE SUBJECT OF DONALD TRUMP THE AND RACE. TRUMP THE AND RACE. WE ARE NOW IN A PLACE WHERE IT’S WE ARE NOW IN A PLACE WHERE IT’S BECOMING MAINSTREAM FOR BECOMING MAINSTREAM FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHO CALL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES WHO CALL HIM A WHITE SUPREMACIST. HIM A WHITE SUPREMACIST. WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT? WHAT DO YOU SAY ABOUT THAT?>>WELL, I THINK THE SPEEDS IS>>WELL, I THINK THE SPEEDS IS WHAT ALARMING. WHAT ALARMING. NOT THE FACT THAT — NOT THE FACT THAT –>>ALARMING?>>ALARMING?>>LARMING IN THE SENSE THAT TWO>>LARMING IN THE SENSE THAT TWO MONTHS AGO, IT WAS CONTROVERSIAL MONTHS AGO, IT WAS CONTROVERSIAL THAT I RAISED REPARATIONS AT MY THAT I RAISED REPARATIONS AT MY CONVENTION TO DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION TO DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTS. PRESIDENTS. NOW THEY’RE CALLING HIM A WHITE NOW THEY’RE CALLING HIM A WHITE SUPREMACIST. SUPREMACIST. IF I HAD SAID THAT A YEAR AGO, IF I HAD SAID THAT A YEAR AGO, THEY WOULD HAVE SAID THERE’S THEY WOULD HAVE SAID THERE’S SHARPTON AGAIN. SHARPTON AGAIN. I DON’T THINK IT’S INACCURATE. I DON’T THINK IT’S INACCURATE. BUT I UNDERSTAND THE MAYOR. BUT I UNDERSTAND THE MAYOR. THERE ARE THOSE THAT HAVE TO THERE ARE THOSE THAT HAVE TO FUNCTION AND GET THINGS DONE AND FUNCTION AND GET THINGS DONE AND WHATEVER NAME CALLING IS DONE, WHATEVER NAME CALLING IS DONE, SHE SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN IT. SHE SHOULD NOT ENGAGE IN IT. I THINK WHAT WE REALLY HAVE TO I THINK WHAT WE REALLY HAVE TO DEAL WITH HERE, THOUGH, AND I’D DEAL WITH HERE, THOUGH, AND I’D LIKE TO ADDRESS THIS TO THE LIKE TO ADDRESS THIS TO THE MAYOR, IS THAT WHEN WE DEAL WITH MAYOR, IS THAT WHEN WE DEAL WITH BANNING OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, BANNING OF AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, THIS IS, IN MY JUDGMENT, A PRO THIS IS, IN MY JUDGMENT, A PRO POLICE MOVE. POLICE MOVE. LET’S NOT FORGET, POLICE ARE LET’S NOT FORGET, POLICE ARE RUNNING INTO ACTIVE SHOOTING RUNNING INTO ACTIVE SHOOTING SPACES, RISKING THEIR LIVES. SPACES, RISKING THEIR LIVES. PEOPLE THAT DEBATE ME ON WHEN I PEOPLE THAT DEBATE ME ON WHEN I CALL ON JUSTICE FOR POLICE THAT CALL ON JUSTICE FOR POLICE THAT HAVE STEPPED OVER THE LINE, THIS HAVE STEPPED OVER THE LINE, THIS IS THE 5th ANNIVERSARY TODAY OF IS THE 5th ANNIVERSARY TODAY OF MICHAEL BROWN BEING KILLED IN MICHAEL BROWN BEING KILLED IN FERGUSON. FERGUSON. YOU’VE DEALT WITH LAKWON YOU’VE DEALT WITH LAKWON McDONALD. McDONALD. PEOPLE LIABLE US WRONGLY AS PEOPLE LIABLE US WRONGLY AS ANTI-POLICE. ANTI-POLICE. BUT THE MOST PRO POLICE AMONG US BUT THE MOST PRO POLICE AMONG US ARE THE ONES SAYING BAN THESE ARE THE ONES SAYING BAN THESE WEAPONS BECAUSE IT IS THE POLICE WEAPONS BECAUSE IT IS THE POLICE YOU ARE SENDING INTO THESE YOU ARE SENDING INTO THESE SITUATIONS THAT ARE RISKING SITUATIONS THAT ARE RISKING THEIR VERY LIVES. THEIR VERY LIVES. POLICE ARE AMONG THE MANY POLICE ARE AMONG THE MANY BENEFICIARIES OF BANNING ASSAULT BENEFICIARIES OF BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS IN YOUR CITY AND AROUND WEAPONS IN YOUR CITY AND AROUND THE COUNTRY, MADAM MAYOR. THE COUNTRY, MADAM MAYOR.>>YOU’RE 100% RIGHT.>>YOU’RE 100% RIGHT. THAT’S WHY POLICE UNIONS ALL THAT’S WHY POLICE UNIONS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE CHAMPIONED THE CAUSE OF BANNING CHAMPIONED THE CAUSE OF BANNING ASSAULT WEAPONS. ASSAULT WEAPONS. JUST ONE WEEK AGO IN CHICAGO, JUST ONE WEEK AGO IN CHICAGO, INVESTIGATING A SHOOTER, OUR INVESTIGATING A SHOOTER, OUR POLICE OFFICERS STOPPED THE CAR, POLICE OFFICERS STOPPED THE CAR, TOOK THESE UNBELIEVABLE ASSAULT TOOK THESE UNBELIEVABLE ASSAULT WEAPONS WITH A 200 BARREL LOADER WEAPONS WITH A 200 BARREL LOADER AS WELL AS ARMOR PIERCING AS WELL AS ARMOR PIERCING BULLETS OFF OF TWO PEOPLE WHO BULLETS OFF OF TWO PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO DO HARM. WANTED TO DO HARM. THE ONLY REASON YOU HAVE ARMOR THE ONLY REASON YOU HAVE ARMOR PIERCING BULLETS IS YOU’RE GOING PIERCING BULLETS IS YOU’RE GOING AFTER POLICE OFFICERS. AFTER POLICE OFFICERS. RIGHT NOW, I THINK YOU’VE GOT IT RIGHT NOW, I THINK YOU’VE GOT IT 100% RIGHT. 100% RIGHT. WE NEED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS. WE NEED TO BAN ASSAULT WEAPONS.>>MAYOR, CHICAGO HAD A TOUGH>>MAYOR, CHICAGO HAD A TOUGH WEEKEND. WEEKEND. THE COUNTRY HAD A TOUGH WEEKEND. THE COUNTRY HAD A TOUGH WEEKEND.>>SOMEBODY COMING FROM THE>>SOMEBODY COMING FROM THE OUTSIDE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND OUTSIDE WHO DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE NUANCE AND TEXTURE OF OUR THE NUANCE AND TEXTURE OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD IS GOING TO BE OF NEIGHBORHOOD IS GOING TO BE OF LIMITED OR NO HELP OR WORSE, LIMITED OR NO HELP OR WORSE, GOING TO MAKE CONDITIONS WORSE. GOING TO MAKE CONDITIONS WORSE. WE ARE WORKING ON BUILDING WE ARE WORKING ON BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN COMMUNITIES AND THE POLICE THAT COMMUNITIES AND THE POLICE THAT THEY SERVE. THEY SERVE. WE HAVE A PLAN AND A STRATEGY WE HAVE A PLAN AND A STRATEGY THAT IS MAKING PROGRESS. THAT IS MAKING PROGRESS. WHAT WE NEED IS FEDERAL LAWS WHAT WE NEED IS FEDERAL LAWS THAT DO UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND THAT DO UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS SO WE CAN STOP GUNS FROM CHECKS SO WE CAN STOP GUNS FROM FLOATING OVER THE BORDER FROM FLOATING OVER THE BORDER FROM INDIANA, WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN. INDIANA, WISCONSIN AND MICHIGAN. THAT’S WHERE THE PRESIDENT COULD THAT’S WHERE THE PRESIDENT COULD HAVE IMPACT. HAVE IMPACT.>>MAYOR OF CHICAGO, LORI>>MAYOR OF CHICAGO, LORI LIGHTFOOT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LIGHTFOOT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING ON AND GIVING US YOUR BEING ON AND GIVING US YOUR WISDOM. WISDOM. REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL. REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL. IT HAS A WEEK OF TOUGH STORIES IT HAS A WEEK OF TOUGH STORIES SO WE CAN ALL PROBABLY USE

100 thoughts on “Congress Needs To Step Up, Says Chicago Mayor | Morning Joe | MSNBC

  1. Individual freedoms must be protected, the Bill of Rights must be protected. The murders in Chicago are not very complicated, young black guys, who are out of self control, murder everyone they don't like with a illegal guns. Almost NO legally owned firearm is used to commit a crime.

  2. the increase in violence is the media's fault. looking at you MSNBC. going back to 2016 when it was all the rage to make every cop look like a racist, a man inspired by that media propaganda killed 5 police officers and injuring 11 other people. same with the ANTIFA terrorist attack on an ICE Facility July 13 in Tacoma, WA. the media must stop lying

  3. Chicago….

    What a joke…

    Why cannot a fire happen there, again?

    It is the disgrace of the Nation.. It makes the news, nearly weekly…..

    "70 shootings in Chicago over the weekend. 24 confirmed dead."……..

  4. EITHER LEAD OR GET THE HECK OUT OF THE WAY!!! Jesse Helms, former and deceased senator from south carolina once said, "if it's a democratic initiative, I will say no. Any bill the democrats bring to the floor, I will say no." Now "MOSCOW MITCH" is doing the same thing. Even if the initiative or bill is for the genuine good of the country, he will say no. DITCH MITCH 2020 and DUMP-TRUMP 2020!!

  5. Thank God for TRUTH tellers like Fox News and Social Media or we wouldn't know about those 302's released by the FBI that proves "Widespread criminal activity at both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation in order to keep the Clinton's in power"….. Great line in the greatest political ad ever #Trumptheestablishment which has now been PROVEN fact by the 302 documents release……… MAGA 2020 Mr. President

  6. I think they should come in early which gives them time to carefully look at strong gun measures to ensure public safety. Public safety should be paramount! They should get folks in (Sandy Hook, Parkland etc in to testify and provide research on gun violence)

  7. Let's face it, this is the same failed logic of the war on drugs. Banning something doesn't magically make it not exist.
    We banned those dangerous drugs just to create a situation that was far worse. Who paid the price to give people the illusion safety from this treat? It was and is still mostly poor people and racial minorities, but we all pay with our dignity and loss of rights enforcement of these bans.
    We also take more personal risk in a country where you are still eight times more likely to be shot by a local cop than any mass shooter and if you are poor or a racial racial minority your odds are many times worse. Do we really need to give street cops yet another reason to be shooting people?
    Law enforcement is the most expensive way to not solve a problem available to government. There isn't a silver bullet solution to this problem. You have to do the hard work of creating a more just and equitable society. Look at Finland. They copied our Second amendment when they wrote their constitution. They have a lot of guns. They shoot each other with them a tiny fraction of that we shoot each other. Why?
    Finland has the best education system in the world, strong social safety nets, single payer medical (including mental health care), a rehabilitive criminal justice system and high rates of unionization. These are the factors that effect gun violence more than anything.
    Look at Mexico. They have tighter gun restrictions than most if the countries we point to as gun gun control successes, yet they have six times the number of gun homicides as the US. Gun control looked like it works if you cherry pick your data from Japan, Australia and a few contries in Europe, but if you look farther than that there is a whole world of gun control that is failing miserably and stimulating crime and black markets for the weapons themselves on top of it. The truth is the US is more like Mexico than Japan. We compare better with countries like Russia, Brazil, and the Philippines.
    What countries that have low gun violence have in common are not weapons restrictions, but progressive economic and social policies that decrease desperation by decreasing poverty and injustice. All that is being proposed as a solution is security theater that can not effect the situation in any realistic way.
    After forty years of the drug war, billions spent and all the lives lost (it is an actual war, you know), cocaine and heroine are two of the world's most stable economic products with prices virtually unchanged since Regan announced his war on those dangerous, killer drugs. Law enforcement has never been able to effect the supply or demand for drugs and often end up actually stimulating the market, as we have found out with the price of marijuana plummeting in states that have legalized.
    We are trying to wind down the war on drugs not start an equally bad idea like a war on guns.

  8. Now that the Ohr interviews are released Democrats are going to have a hard enough time explaining how they knew Steele was a fake and that they probably committed election fraud planting stories.

  9. Trump and Moscow Mitch in conjunction with Wayne Lapierre will design a bill that Democrats will not be able to sign. THEY will not consider what has already been passed by Congress. They will try to create a scenario that blames the Democrats. Congressional Republicans will be under orders to NOT vote in favor no matter what adjustments the Democrats make.

  10. "This mayor is trying hard to help repair the damage from at least 100 years of corruption, bigotry, abuse, and neglect. I personally have seen more professionalism and hard work, in part of the police post, LeQuan McDonald. They are finally cracking down on old homicide cases and plenty of serial drive-by shooters, are slowly going to prison. If she succeeds as mayor is one thing, but for someone living on the southwest side, she is the help we've been waiting for. I support her."
    Ricardo Hernandez-Former Violence Interrupter

  11. on gun control:
    things have changed little since Brady was shot. NOTHING changed when scalise was shot. what does anybody think is gonna happen???

    on mental health, there was a state senator who was literally nearly stabbed to death by his own 'mentally ill' son. NOTHING CHANGES

    these people will always blame someone or something else, but they won't change laws because it limits them. they will continue to tale monies with one hand and raise the other in a feigned effort to "fight" for change.

    it's all a game folks. these folks get elected to get paid. whether things change or not (and they usually don't) period.

  12. Illinois has some of the strictest gun legislation in the country, still it cant stop the violence, maybe its not the guns but the crime ridden scum that populate Chicago.

  13. Even my Bird frowns on Tweets. She can just peck at the phone and talk…far more than Ivanka can do…🐤🐤🐥

  14. Must be great to be a DEMOCRAT leader and not have to take responsibility for your high crime rates and Murders.

  15. Not that it is Congress fault, when we didn't have unlimited funding to political parties in the 1970's Congress actually worked. What we have is intented Corporate disfunction to allow Corporations to do what they want.

  16. HAHA!!! Ivanka subtly calls out CHICAGO!!! NO REPORTING OF ALL THE KILLINGS!! Yeah Lori, that background check is going to put a real dent in the killing by those FELONS!!!! IDIOTS.

  17. Hypocrisy, Obama was from Chicago and during his eighth year's in the White House, he never had the decency to visits Chicago. During his administration, he didn't help to control the crisis in the Chicago killing field, and now you're looking for the Congress support?

  18. She's right. Congress needs to stop wasting their time trying to impeach Trump and actually get down to business. Senate needs to work together with congress to actually pass laws that will do good for the country.

  19. SHOCKING! DEMOCRAT PARTY BEING RUN BY CHICOMS – CHINESE COMMUNISTS…MILLIONS JUST WALKING AWAY at walkaway.cm

  20. Massacre Mitch, aka Moscow Mitch, gets paid by the NRA (National Russia Affiliates) in addition to Putin's cronies. Do-Nothing Mitch has everything to lose.

  21. If you want to have some sort of gun control passed, they have to define the term "assault weapon" and be very specific about it because the term "assault weapon" can be used to describe any device used to harm someone. Also the term "semi-automatic" should be defined and have an example ready because just about every gun for sale is an "semi-automatic" gun. The U.S. does not allow the sale or ownership of full automatic weapons.

  22. I agree with the host because she is wrong it's been years we've been trying to get rid of assault weapons. And it really is time for Congress and the Senate to do something about it.

  23. I know it's just good to hear from every individual voice whether they tweet Facebook Instagram Go Global. It doesn't matter. No one tell grown folks how to think. Or what to do. It's common sense. What's going on right now is wrong. No excuses.

  24. Attempting to exploit a tragedy to take away people's rights is something wannabe despots would do and would only cause more deaths. Government monopolies are the worst kinds of monopolies.

  25. This lady’s argument is dumb, red flag laws will fix like 3% of the problem, the republicans will say they did “something” and nothing on gun control will ever actually get fixed… great strategy lady…

  26. Coming from a mayor that has record raids on citizens to the wrong address. Multiple times at the same addresses. Her words are empty.

  27. The Mayor should point out to the listening public: "We've passed laws and we can pass more laws. But Trump and the GOP can bat them all down so that people in urban areas are kept at risk. The guns and shootings are a political tool to turn rural areas against the urban ones. That needs to stop at the federal level before problems with guns can be solved at the local level."

  28. What is the point of such an absurd question "Is Trump a white supremecist". Get mindless pundits like this off the panel. They're distractions from the truth of what is going on.

  29. did yall catch that, "he needs to strap it on and get in the game 6:25 , sweet moscow mitch needs a strapon to srevice his wife lol lolm lol or dump lol lol lol

  30. I seen one black dude from Chicago begging for the government to send in the national guard and eradicate the killers and thugs in charaq. How can black folks actually believe democrats care about them knowing they want even acknowledge the killing in cities.

  31. Reality Check 77 % of all Murders are done via illegal guns ,, Background Checks will not fix this ,, making any crime with a gun a First Degree Felony might!

  32. Why I am as a German not wondering that the US is not very much confused after this hard counterintelligence attack from the Kremlin side? The fathers of your constitution has been very wise 230 years ago not to give all the power of the US to their president. And the Kremlin with his imperialistic instincts could not imagine, that a friend of Kremlin's Russia in the Oval office is not everything to get control of the whole US. The Kremlin has chosen Trump, but nevertheless they cannot make anything big about it. Maybe in one or five years this attack could be over and there is somebody there reinventing the whole gravity of the people's will represented by Congress, the House the law enforcement structures, the FBI and and the CIA, and only in part by this president. Very impressing are your media working for the interest of the people instead of this falsely chosen president. It is a stolen presidency. Help you should not expect a country like Germany, which was the big aggressor 78 years ago against their own people esp. against their jewish inhabitants of Germany, the European Jews as a whole and against all their neighbors including Russia. But with the new leader in the Oval Office you will be then capable to fight a strategical and ideological war against the totalitarian pseudo-capitalist ex-communists in Northern and South East Asia. They are simulating politics for their people without a sustained credit out of their countries. And by the way: communism has been Western stuff. Against their psychological warfare out of the dark and out of a friendly neighborhood, you could and should give them the complete answer. For example as Reagan did so well. Openly to say who they are and to defeat them as a warrior for democracy. Or as your Congressman Mike Gallagher put it last month: These days the ideological warfare is a lost art, but you have to fight it. You will see: a reinvention is possible, but a political consciousness for that is necessary: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/10/lost-art-ideological-warfare/?utm_term=.db1024a112e4

  33. Lol this lori Lez bee un Lightfoot is a joke. The hospital had to turn folks that were away because they were too full….GUN CONTROL DOESNT WORK

  34. Partisan bickering on both sides has brought the US to its knees.
    McConnell has been the primary contributor to the destruction of the US by his stalling and blocking.
    BUT Kentucky keeps him in power.
    Why?

  35. Congress has nothing to do with gun violence in Chicago. The NRA members are not shooting people up every weekend. This dishonest mayor cannot admit that it's her own communities culture that is the problem

  36. Like CNN this conditioning “News” organization is full of instigative reporting. They use to run the apprentice on this channel? And they made a ton off the back of Donald Trump & now they betray him and their right wing audience by lying about him Habitually? There’s definitely something wrong with this picture.

  37. Kevin, I remember when getting caught with a gun in Chicago was an "I-bond" and getting caught with 2 guns, was 2 "I-bonds".
    There's a lot of cleaning up to do here, but the fact is, they should start with city hall.

  38. I agree with Lightfoot. Labeling Trump is a deflection and with things at such a dangerous stage, we just don't have the luxury of sitting back and disecting Trump's attitudes. The Constitutional bottom line is that people have a free-floating idea of what the term "arms" means. Should we limit the definition to a pistol and a rifle. Some will not be satisfied until B-52 bombers and cellphone activated drone bombers are included. Our forefathers knew and understood muskets, and all of the detail required to fire a single shot. Current military assault weapons allow the shooter to spray an entire area with bullets without ever having to aim. First, we must return the military weapons to the exclusive use of the military. States throughout the country have been attempting to put together gun legislation because of a failure of Federal leadership. What were claimed to be "race riots" in the 1960s, were in fact reactions of the public secondary to "outsiders" coming in and making critical decisions about our cities without our input. As "outsiders", they had no sense of historic buildings, businesses and neighborhoods. America has always had access to guns. They rarely have resorted to mass murder. Trump has been holding the can of gasoline and the lit match. It really doesn't matter what you call him. He is a risk to everyday Americans.

  39. 6:18 — "He [Trump] needs to strap it on…"

    I can't tell you where that slang came about as far as the mayor refers. All I can tell you is what popped into my head, and I'll be more than happy to let the reader figure that one out.

    Heaven knows he's been screwing this country (as well as our allies) since taking office in 2017.

    P.S. — Back in The Eighties & Nineties, armor-piercing bullets were actually called "cop-killers".

  40. Chicago has tons of gun laws. More than other cities. They still keep killing each other. There are other important things wrong in Chicago than guns. You have killers and societies within Chicago that normalize killing as a part of life.. These aren't crazy mass killers. They're violent criminals. They are growing killers because they have societal problems in that city

  41. White Nationalism has almost zero to do with the shootings in Chicago. That was JOHN HEILEMANN saying a STUPID thing. That was unprofessional, irresponsible, yellow journalism. He insulted us all with that blatant crap. Shame on Heilemann.

  42. Why not engage with the FOX NEWS disinformation campaign designed to make Obama's hometown look bad… Chicago is ranked 15th in the US in terms of gun violence.

  43. Chicago is just like every other city run by democrats for decades. Crime ridden, high minority death rates, high unemployment, and rampant corruption on behalf of their "hero" politicians..

  44. this Lightfoot is the ugliest dude I saw in a while, are all Blacks in Chicago this ugly and woke in order to elect somebody looking like this ?

  45. Coward trump will not sign gun control bill into law because he is poor and still need to beg for funds from Wayne Lapierre.

  46. Side note: of the top 30 cities with the most gun violence per capita, Chicago is #25.

    24 – Philadelphia
    23 – Dayton Ohio
    22 – Pittsburgh
    21 – Kansas City, Ka
    20 – Richmond, Va
    5 – Birmingham, Al
    4 – New Orleans
    3 – Detroit
    2 – Baltimore
    1 – St. Louise

    And so on. Why do we care so much about gun crime in Chicago? Why does it have this reputation? Maybe there was a recent president from Chicago and a news agency dedicated to making him look as bad as possible? Maybe the idea that Chicago is the most dangerous place is just a propaganda ploy?

  47. ☠️ Mayor of Chicago , your not fooling anyone , What you gonna do about ALL the “Illegal Firearms in your City” ??!☠️ #ThatsOnYouHoney ☠️

  48. With the most restrictive gun control too. How are all those homicides happening.

    It can’t be gun laws don’t work could it.

  49. If I were a Policemen in this country I would be in Washington capital in the faces of every member of congress yelling to STOP arming the general public with Military style weaponry!!!!! The MENTAL change that police officers have to make to combat the very REAL possibility of a possible shoot out with a Military style weapon is NIGHT AND DAY different then preparing for a hand gun situation.. !!!

  50. 1)It should be illegal to show a weapon in a music video without a permit and should be punishable by jail time
    2)A fight while incarcerated should get more jail time for both parties no matter what
    3) gang units should house as separate gangs and if a fight happens everybody gets more time
    4) Leaders of Killing squads are warlords and should be treated like the enemy regardless of contributions
    Police Should Target individuals based on a number system and court orders and use what ever means necessary to end the ideology

  51. Naturally. Guns legally bought in Indiana are flooding Chicago's streets, and people wonder why all the shooting.

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