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Illinois Shooting: Everytown blames COVID

On 1/9/21, a gunman went on a shooting spree that left 3 dead and 5 wounded. Of course, Everytown somehow already knows the cause:


https://everytown.org/press/illinois-moms-demand-action-students-demand-action-respond-to-shooting-in-evanston/

Lack of access to opportunity is a key driver of gun violence, and the pandemic has brought an economic crisis. The economic fallout has also disproportionately affected communities where decades of policy decisions have created conditions that contribute to gun violence. “To put it bluntly,” Michael-Sean Spence, Everytown’s community safety initiatives director, wrote in Newsweek, “underinvestment in Black and Latino neighborhoods has created the environments in which public health epidemics thrive.”

Are they saying that the shooter did what he did because of his race and COVID? Here’s the shooter:



Some additional info that‘s included in the link in the first sentence of this article:


Nightengale doesn’t appear to have been convicted of any violent crimes, though he was charged in five separate domestic battery cases over the past decade. All of those charges were dismissed.
On Facebook, a woman who said she was Nightengale’s sister wrote: “My brother was not and hadn’t been in his right mind for a long time . . . My condolences to any families affected by his mental break.”

If Everytown is making the case that the shooter potentially did what he did because had a “lack of access to opportunity” because of COVID, perhaps Bloomberg‘s gun control group should be advocating on ending the Chicago area restrictions that just seem to never end:


https://abc7chicago.com/chicago-covid-stay-at-home-advisory-lightfoot-extends-order-lori/9541263/



CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago's stay-at-home advisory will be extended by nearly two weeks to help continue to limit the spread of the virus, the mayor's office announced Sunday.

Now to go back to what Everytown said:


Lack of access to opportunity is a key driver of gun violence, and the pandemic has brought an economic crisis. The economic fallout has also disproportionately affected communities where decades of policy decisions have created conditions that contribute to gun violence. “To put it bluntly,” Michael-Sean Spence, Everytown’s community safety initiatives director, wrote in Newsweek, “underinvestment in Black and Latino neighborhoods has created the environments in which public health epidemics thrive.”

Gee, who’s run Chicago for the past 80 years and exploited the population in order to remain in power?



Now, in regards to how Everytown and others are going about using race and poverty instances to advance gun control, Jill McDaniel, Mom-A-Arms founder has been trying to get gun rights advocates to see this. They‘re very good at tying in stuff in order to make the case for the erosion of rights, while the pro-gun crowd is always on defense (such as doing silly things like saying the “AR-15 is a sporting rifle” as if that would make any difference). To fight back, gun rights groups and activists need to adapt to fight the propaganda, not make excuses for terms and play into their hand.









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