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Democrat leader wants the United Nations to deploy troops – on U.S. soil
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Despite having some of the strictest gun legislation in the nation, the city of Chicago remains riddled with crime and violence each and every year. And since they can’t seem to get their act together, the city’s governing Democrats are now calling on an international body to help them get out of their crime rut.
Chicago’s Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin, a Democrat, reportedly expressed his desire for United Nations involvement in Chicago’s gun violence, even asking for U.N. troops to deploy on U.S. soil.
He went so far as to meet with the U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, from Argentina.
Boykin told reporters on Thursday that he hopes U.N. officials can meet with victims “and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts” to help ensure the safety of local neighborhoods.
He also lamented in the failures of leadership in Chicago and Cook County that have failed to protect citizens:
There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American. So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.
Boykin went on to state that Chicago leadership must “utilize every avenue” to combat gun violence.
“They’ve been able to help in places like Africa and abroad, where they’ve sent troops in and sent forces in to help protect minority and vulnerable populations,” Boykin said of the U.N., “and so quite frankly I think the same can be said for here in Chicago.”
I’m talking about physical security. I’m also talking about maybe suggestions for what we can do in Chicago to help protect our minority populations. We’re being, again, decimated by the violence that we see here in Chicago. I mean this is really a genocide, and we have to do something to stop it.
Snubbing the President
To Boykin, utilizing “every avenue” to stop the “genocide” apparently does not include options that originate from American soil. Instead of requesting the President’s assistance and federal resources, Boykin would rather reach out to the U.N., which has already demonstrated it doesn’t have American interests at heart.
As such, the act seems like yet another snub at President Trump’s efforts to protect the city. In January, President Trump offered to send the National Guard to Chicago, although the proposal was quickly and rudely rejected by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel.
Trump even tweeted about Chicago’s crime rate days after his inauguration, promising to “send in the Feds!” if the city could not effectively reduce crime.
If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
By June, the city had still failed to enact an effective solution, resulting in the president’s decision to send 20 federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The 20 additional agents joined 30-45 already assigned to the city.
But this isn’t enough for Boykin, who said he hopes to see 1,000 more police officers patrolling the city:
I know that the mayor may tout the fact that the number of people being shot is down, and the number of people being killed is down, but let me tell you, we’ve had over 600 people killed by gun violence already this year alone. That is a huge number.
With the amount of federal help up and the “number of people being shot” down, Boykin ought to look to who is actively helping Chicago improve their crime numbers: President Trump. It isn’t the job of foreign officials to help a crumbling, Democrat-run American city.
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