- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Christie Hefner, with the liberal Center for American Progress, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” listeners that climate change is the cause, in part, for Chicago’s high murder rate.

“Yes, last year we hit a record number of murders from guns [in Chicago],” said Ms. Hefner, former CEO of Playboy Enterprises, according to a Daily Caller report. “And this year, we are already outpacing last year’s numbers. Now, there are contributing factors that are not under anybody’s control and may seem, odd, but it is factually true.”

The contributing factors?

“One of them,” she said, according to The Daily Caller, “is actually the weather. There is a dramatic increase in gun violence when it is warmer. And we are having this climate change effect that is driving that.”