Red Flag Law Failed in Highland Park, Yet Mayor Demands More Gun Laws


Highland Mayor Nancy Rotering is blaming insufficient gun laws for the horrific shooting spree of Robert Crimo III that resulted in 7 deaths and over 30 injuries. However, the gun laws already on the books have failed. While there were red flags all over the place with Robert Crimo III, no one red-flagged him. In fact, his father did the opposite.

Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park Screenshot from the press conference

Crimo who declared he is a “liberal” and sports a Democratic Socialist of America tattoo on his neck, bought his guns legally.

We only mention his declared political affiliation here to straighten out the mistaken white MAGA supremacy allegations on social media.

So, how did Crimo get his weapons? They were all purchased legally, but in Illinois, you need a Firearm Owners Identification card (FOID) to own guns and ammunition. Crimo’s father co-signed for his son’s card in 2019 even after his past behavior. If they knew their son was a problem, did nothing, and then signed a firearms card for him—they could be charged criminally. The father made himself responsible by signing but that might be irrelevant once his son turned 21 (Chicago Tribune).

The red flags that were missed:


Additionally, this points to the failure of the Red Flag Laws. This mentally deranged 21-year-old should not have gotten guns after threatening to engage in a mass slaughter on video. Yet, he was given access by his father. A coach had said his parents were a bit of a problem.

There were many red flags – all ignored. Meanwhile, Mayor Rotering is calling for more stringent gun laws that didn’t work. Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering on Tuesday said she does not know where the alleged July 4 parade shooter got his rifle “but I do know it was legally obtained” and the U.S. needs tougher gun laws even though Congress just passed the most sweeping gun-control measures in decades.

“If that’s what our laws stand for, then I think we need to reexamine our laws,” Ms. Rotering told NBC’s “Today Show.” “I don’t know how many more of these events need to occur. We’ve been talking about this literally for decades at this point,” The Washington Times reports.

Perhaps she should have found out how he got the guns before she spoke.

Among the dead were Katherine Goldstein, 64, of Highland Park; Irina McCarthy, 35, of Highland Park; Kevin McCarthy, 37, of Highland Park; Jacquelyn Sundheim, 63, of Highland Park; Stephen Straus, 88, of Highland Park; and Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78, of Morelos, Mexico. Officials have not yet released the name of the seventh victim. According to one report, the seventh victim is an 8-year-old child.

Irina and Kevin McCarthy were the parents of a toddler.

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10 months ago

Why do these morons demand more laws when they are not even attempting to enforce the laws already on the books? Because they are stupid and corrupt. They want control, not legal action. The REAL problem is malfeasance of officials and politicians who fail to do their sworn duty and blame it on an inanimate object. Democrats, and most politicians collectively deny responsibility. That changing will be a huge step in the right direction. Drain the swamp. LGB/FJB

11 months ago

All it takes to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun. Why does the Government always go after the Good People with Guns?

11 months ago

Facial tats should be an automatic red flag for buying a weapon. Any weapon.

Peter B. Prange
Peter B. Prange
11 months ago

Very stringent gun laws could work. They have in many fascist countries. The problem is our country’s founders knew that such as Fascists would use those laws to supress and enslave the people. After a dozens years the new constitution was written and ratified. That same year George Washington was elected as the first president. The Bill of Rights was made a part of the constitution to protect the individual citizens, including the 2nd amendment. Now new Fascists are close to taking over the government. It has been a slow creep, but now it is all but a reality.
We need to vote the fascists out. We need to vote in a new and freedom loving congress this November. Then two years later we need a real freedom loving President. Soon there will be a need for new justices who will uphold the constitution. If a true Republican is not elected in 2024 the republic may be lost.
Yet that is not enough. We must take make our school boards and our schools or the next generation will be misled. School board elections count. We need to get control of health care, take it out of the hands of fascists (almost sounds like Faucist) for as Saul Alinsky forecast those who control healthcare control their lives.

11 months ago

And the same red flag law has failed in deep blue New York State where Buffalo gunman was able to buy weapons after mental arrest. It is all designed to disarm law abiding public and let the criminals reign free.