Given the record level of Chicago street violence (four dead and 11 injured just since Wednesday afternoon), you’d think Windy City pols would welcome any suggestions for putting an end to the madness. But you’d be wrong:

From Chicago Sun-Times:

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) is highly critical of a proposal by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) for mass arrests of 18,000 Gangster Disciples, telling the Sun-Times on Wednesday that Kirk’s approach is “headline grabbing” and an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”

One of Kirk’s top priorities is targeting gangs; he has been meeting with law enforcement officials to devise a plan to execute the mass arrests.

Twitter users are rightly disgusted by Rush’s comment.


Or perhaps Bobby Rush’s real problem is that Kirk’s plan wouldn’t necessarily involve carpet-bombing his district with federal dollars: