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Nearby Ring camera footage showing the suspect vehicle screaming past on Tuesday evening.
Screen capture by Boch. Via CBS2 Chicago.

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Another day, another slew of carjackings in Chicagoland. The difference: Tuesday evening, none other than Illinois Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford (D-Hillside) and her husband became victims of the violent crime that infests Chicago.

Between Lightford’s husband — who has a carry license — and the three masked bad guys, fifteen rounds were fired during the carjacking. Lightford and her husband weren’t injured, but she lost the car and her purse.

Of course, in her mind, she’ll probably return to Springfield in a couple of weeks and demand…more gun control. After all, if her husband hadn’t pulled his gun, the criminals would have just said “pretty please” and not opened fire when they rolled up in a (likely stolen) SUV and announced the carjacking shortly after Lightford and her husband dropped off some friends on a residential street.

But wait! There’s more! As additional information about the incident dribbles out, it surely sounds as though Lightford publicly admitted to not only losing the car and her purse to the carjackers, but quite possibly her gun as well.

In a story just published by the Chicago Sun-Times, Lightford had this to say:

“They had separated me and my husband,” she said on WGN-TV. “After they got the guns off of us, my husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn’t want to leave him there. And it was a scary run because now shots are being fired. I thought for sure they were going to shoot me.”

“After they got the guns off of us…”  That sounds like Senator Lightford was carrying a gun just like her hubby, doesn’t it? Those dangerous things that only those in uniform are qualified to own and carry.

Stop for a moment and savor the weapons-grade hypocrisy of a woman who has so vocally and tirelessly supported gun control in Illinois in every vote on the subject she’s cast. Even after a court ruled that the Land of Lincoln’s ban on concealed carry was unconstitutional, Lightford still voted against legislation to remedy that decision in 2013. Repeatedly.

For her sake, she better hope and pray to the gun-grabbing gods that the armed carjackers don’t use her family’s guns to kill someone.

From CBS 2 Chicago:

Police said, around 9:45 p.m., three masked individuals driving a Dodge Durango carjacked Lightford as she was driving a Mercedes Benz SUV in the 2000 block of South 20th Avenue, near Fillmore Street, along with her husband.

As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, surveillance video shows the Durango speeding away, with the black Mercedes Benz SUV right behind it.

Lightford’s husband, Eric McKennie, was also in the car with her.

From the late-breaking Sun-Times story:

Lightford and her husband Eric McKennie were in the Mercedes dropping off a friend Tuesday night in Broadview when three masked men in a Dodge Durango boxed in the SUV, police said.

“I begged them not to shoot my husband, not to shoot me,” Lightford told reporters Thursday morning at a Christmas present giveaway for children in Proviso Township. “They took everything off me that I had of value.”

Lightford said her husband gave the carjackers the keys to the car.

“They had separated me and my husband,” she said on WGN-TV. “After they got the guns off of us, my husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn’t want to leave him there. And it was a scary run because now shots are being fired. I thought for sure they were going to shoot me.”

Lightford said her husband is a concealed-carry permit holder. He fired at the carjackers, she said.

How bad a problem is carjacking in Murder City, USA. Here’s something from the CWB Chicago blog . . .

Carjackings, up 447% since 2019, just keep on rolling in Chicago; cases reported in Wicker Park, Albany Park, and outside UIC hospital on Thursday

Lately, every morning has been the same at CWB’s office. Log on to our laptops and start compiling the daily list of hijackings and armed robberies committed across our coverage area since the day before.

It’s become a little tedious, frankly. Sometimes we wonder how it can be that, as you will read regarding yesterday evening, at least four hijackings were committed in three hours across the small part of the city we cover.

After all, less than three months ago, CPD Supt. David Brown assured the audience at a downtown business luncheon that hijacking reports were down. And earlier this month, Mayor Lori Lightfoot bragged that, except murders, every crime category is at a 25-year low in Chicago.

They were both lying through their teeth, of course.

In Kimberly Lightford’s world, the rules are for the little people. Rampant crime? Eh, it only happens to average citizens. But her life is important.

Are the lives of the little people trying to raise their families and work their jobs important to her? Not so much, given her votes to block them from empowering themselves to carry the means with which to defend themselves from violent predators.

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