(CNS News) -- Last week at the Family Research Council’s Pray Vote Stand Summit, Senior Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church of Chicago talked about how gun violence is rampant in the Windy City even though it has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country. This is a consequence of liberal policy, he stressed.
“We have the strictest, and I mean the strictest gun laws the left could dream up,” said Pastor Brooks. “Guns are plentiful in Chicago, but only in the criminal’s hand.”
According to Brooks, Chicago’s police budget in 2021 was cut by $63 million in the middle of a crime surge with a reduction in police force of 1,343 officers.
“If gun control laws worked, folks, Chicago would be the safest place in all of America,” he said.
There are terrible repercussions to leftist ideas, he added, including Chicago becoming the slowest growing city in the U.S., losing nearly one million residents since 1950, according to a study at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
“The city has been controlled unilaterally by Democrats for generations,” said the Christian leader. “Chicago gives us a chance to see the consequences of unbridled leftism. This is what happens when there are no conservatives in office to counteract the worst instincts of the left.”
While identity politics dominates the left, Brooks reflected on the American Dream and how no individual can take part in individual liberty or personal responsibility, if they have been indoctrinated by dangerous ideologies, such as being told the American Dream is not attainable.
“The left has confused understanding the benefits of work to reducing the value of a job as just a paycheck,” said Brooks. “That’s why for the left, a welfare check is an adequate replacement for a job. It’s the leftist framework – money in from a welfare check is just as good as money in from a paycheck.”
The second annual Pray Vote Stand Summit served to equip and encourage people through discussing current issues that impact faith, family, and freedom through the lens of a biblical worldview. Other notable speakers at the summit included Mike Huckabee, Allie Stuckey, and Todd Starnes.