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Chicago incident shows how the “public health approach” to guns is a scam and doesn’t work

Yesterday, we published this article:

Here‘s a snippet from the source we expanded upon:

Prosecutors have filed felony gun charges against three men, including one who reportedly works as an anti-violence outreach worker, after they allegedly crashed a stolen Jeep into a CPD patrol car in the Loop on Friday evening.
Around 7:30 p.m., officers responding to calls of a man with a rifle near State and Lake were struck by a stolen SUV that they tried to pull over for having a broken windshield, according to CPD reports and prosecutors. The vehicle’s occupants ran from the scene, but cops arrested them nearby, a police spokesperson said in a tweet that included a photo of four guns officers allegedly found in the SUV.
Officers saw Antione Jackson, 19, holding an AR-style firearm in the front passenger seat before the Jeep crashed into a police vehicle, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Sunday afternoon.
After the crash, Jackson allegedly jumped out of the front passenger seat and ran. Prosecutors said he had 16 rounds of ammunition and the Jeep’s key fob in his pocket when cops arrested him.
He is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal trespass to vehicles, resisting police, and possessing ammunition.
But his defense attorney painted a different picture of Jackson, saying he lives with his girlfriend and their two children while working as an outreach worker for CeaseFire Chicago.

No FOID either (even though we’re against it and it’s outdated, but it’s still something gun grabbers love and fight to preserve in Illinois).

CeaseFire Chicago is now Cure Violence:

Cure Violence (formerly known as CeaseFire—Chicago) is a Chicago, Illinois–based violence prevention program administered by the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention. Cure Violence uses an evidence-based public health approach to reduce shootings and killings by using highly trained street violence interrupters and outreach workers, public education campaigns, and community mobilization. Rather than aiming to directly change the behaviors of a large number of individuals, Cure Violence concentrates on changing the behavior and risky activities of a small number of selected members of the community who have a high chance of either "being shot" or "being a shooter" in the immediate future.

Here’s their most recent 990. Wow! What a increase in funds from the prior year. Gotta love those grants (mentioned here that they’re not eligible for a new type because they’re already getting grant money from the state)!

Mission statement:

Looking at the top of the first page of the 990, you see the main guy, Gary Slutkin. Who’s he? Glad you asked.

Dr. Gary Slutkin, MD thinks of violence as a disease.
A physician, epidemiologist, and innovator in violence reduction, Dr. Slutkin is the Founder and Executive Director of Cure Violence, an anti-violence program that uses a scientifically proven, public health approach to build on disease control and behavior change methods.

Say doc, doesn’t say much when the “public health approach” to violence prevention is having your own people run around in stolen cars with guns they shouldn’t be in possession of in the first place and doing illegal things with them........

Really would be interested in just what they’re spending all of that money on and how they vet their own people. Also, when will people realize that “feel good” stuff and just tossing money at a problem doesn’t fix anything?

Read more of Gary Slutkin’s theory (which is goofy as his own people don’t abide by it) here at NIH.


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