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HOMELAND SECURITY – In two separate incidents in different states within 24 hours of each other, two anti-police Democrat lawmakers were carjacked by armed gunmen. In one incident U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) was carjacked at gunpoint at a South Philadelphia park on Wednesday afternoon.

The other incident came less than 24 earlier when Illinois’ Democratic state Senate majority leader Sen. Kimberly Lightford and her husband were carjacked on Tuesday night in Chicago.

Both Scanlon and Lightford have advocated for police reform following George Floyd’s May 2020 killing.

Philadelphia Police say that as Congresswoman Scanlon walked to her vehicle, she was approached by two armed men who demanded she give them her keys, reported Fox News. One of the men drove off in her blue 2017 Acura MDX and the other fled the scene in an SUV.

The Epoch Times (ET) reported that “Scanlon’s spokesperson, Lauren Cox, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the lawmaker’s vehicle and possessions, including her government cell phone, identification, personal cell phone, and purse were taken in the incident.”

ET noted that the Congresswoman was lucky to escape unscathed as the Democrat-run city has been suffering a dramatic murder wave:

According to figures released by the city, Philadelphia set its all-time yearly murder rate earlier this month. As of Wednesday, the city saw 544 murders in 2021, surpassing the previously set record of 500 murders in 1990.

With a population of about 1.579 million, police data suggests Philadelphia’s homicide rate is more than 33 murders per 100,000 people, which is more than four times the 2020 U.S. homicide rate of 7.8 per 100,000 people.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, described the incident as “disheartening” and “infuriating.”

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly, as we know, that hasn’t always been the case this year,” said Kenney, whose administration has been criticized for how it’s been dealing with a spike in violent crime this year.

Meanwhile, the same is seen in Democrat-run Chicago where Senate majority leader Sen. Kimberly Lightford and her husband were carjacked amid a surge in shootings and murders in the city this year.

Statistics released by the Chicago Police Department on November 1, show that as of then, 678 people in Chicago had been murdered. That’s higher than during the same period in the past three years.

ET reported that police “told CBS Chicago that the pair were approached by three masked individuals as Lightford and her husband, Eric McKennie, were driving a Mercedes Benz SUV.”

“The carjackers fired shots during the incident, but the pair were unharmed, police said, adding that the carjackers fled the scene in Lightford’s vehicle and a Dodge Durango.”

No word on whether either lawmaker will admit their, or their party’s, role in the spike in murders and violent crimes in their cities and districts.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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22 days ago

Too bad they didn’t get shot in the donkey

22 days ago

Yes…everyone does deserve to feel safe…but until more of these people like Lightford and Scanlon reap what they have sown…only others will continue to get the brunt of their lousy leadership…word to all….GET RID of these lousy leaders….VOTE THEM OUTas soon as possible!

Crazy Man
Crazy Man
22 days ago

Couldn’t happen to nicer people.

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
22 days ago
Reply to  Crazy Man

Good for them

Wayne C. Perelman
Wayne C. Perelman
19 days ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

They asked for it by letting their police down!