Mayor Trainwreck has finally figured out what bloodstained Chicago needs to get its mind off of the carnage of children and young adults: it's Census Cowboy to the rescue.

Donning a bright green cowboy hat, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Census Cowboy would be riding into troubled neighborhoods where compliance with the federal census is less than 30 percent to encourage folks to fill out and return their census forms. After all, the census is different from voting in that you have to be alive to matter.

Adam Hollingsworth, known widely in Chicago as the Dreadhead Cowboy, is a horse breeder who provides riding lessons to inner-city kids. The Daily Wire describes Hollingsworth as "something of a goodwill ambassador to the city government" who has appeared in recent marches and protests.

Mayor Lightfoot confesses to being a fan of the 1960's Batman television series and calls Census Cowboy a "superhero." In urging Chicagoans to participate in the federal census, Lightfoot took a dig at President Trump, suggesting he might "enjoy seeing a major drop in population, particularly in minority communities."

At a time when Chicago is experiencing a tremendous spike in gun violence that has left several children, including a 20-month-old dead, Mayor Lightfoot might want to focus on keeping residents alive.

Instead of Census Cowboy, perhaps Mayor Lightfoot should summon ICE Cowboy and FBI Cowboy to help to clean up the streets while there are still enough people to count for the census.

The Trump Administration has offered countless times to assist Chicago and America's other once-great cities to combat violent gang-related crime and poverty. But as of now, the Bat Phone remains silent.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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