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Illinois “Red Flag” law and who’s behind the program that educates the public on how to use it

Here in Illinois, Extreme Risk Protection Orders became a thing in early 2019. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is the one who is “leading the effort“ on educating people on how to use it:

Earlier this month, in Freeport, a sleepy Illinois town just south of the Wisconsin border, a small group gathered at the public library for an information session on the state’s new red flag law. It was part of statewide advocacy to increase awareness of the policy, which allows concerned family members or the police to petition a court to temporarily confiscate a person’s guns if they are deemed a threat to themselves or others. The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICHV) is leading the effort, and hopes it will ensure that the law does what it was designed to do: save lives.

Let’s check out the ICHV site regarding this.

You’ll see in the middle there under “our campaigns“ a link to “speak for safety“, which is the education program to teach people all about the law and how to use it. This is where things get interesting:

We’ll come back to their intro photo (as it is relevant), but first, let’s look at the organization funding this program:

What?!?!?!?!? California?!?!?!?!? Ok, here’s the organization funding Speak For Safety:

Now, click here to see what they fund regarding “violence prevention programs”.

Ok, so what are the qualifying factors to get a grant?

What?!?!?!?!?!? It’s based on race, poverty, and formally incarcerated people?!?!?!?!? Further, they won’t fund anything to prevent domestic violence, sex trafficking, or child abuse?!?!?!? WOW!

Further, the chief executive of the California Wellness Foundation has praised Mike Bloomberg before:

Yes, Michael Bloomberg deserves the recognition you gave him for supporting the fantastic work of Everytown for Gun Safety

Wait.....THIS Mike Bloomberg?

That brings us back to the main image on the Speak For Safety homepage

and what the foundation responsible for it funds.

Wow. Gun control really IS racist........

Special Note and the serious stuff: this is the link to the main site. The Illinois link omits where it originated from. Also, see here. It’s important to follow the money, so let’s briefly do that. Here is the individual responsible for setting up the program here in IL:

Someone asked for more information about it recently, and that led to this:

Second link here.

Focus on the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence. Dig deeper, and you find this.

Also in there as “member organizations“:

and their funding:

Wait wait wait. Back up to the first screenshot.......

Connecting the dots is important in all of this.


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