Call this a late addition for the 2022 Darwin Award competition. [D.C. Activist Who Pushed for City’s Soft-on-Crime Bill Shot and Killed, Townhall, November 21, 2022]:
Kelvin Blowe was shot and killed in Washington, D.C., on the same day the city council voted unanimously to pass a bill he advocated for that reduces penalties for serious offenses such as robbery, burglary, carjackings, and carrying a firearm without a license.
The Washington Post reports Blowe had spent over five years in prison for robbery, and the experience “instilled in him a passion to right inequities he believed he encountered.”
After getting out, he joined DC Justice Lab, one of the groups that pushed to overhaul the city’s criminal code. He testified in support of the proposed bill in December.
The Marine Corps veteran, who was diagnosed with PTSD, was working as a security guard and was taking coworkers home last week when he was shot and killed when a gunman “emerged from a stolen car after a crash with Blowe. Authorities said they believe Blowe also possessed a weapon, as they recovered a gun next to his body… Blowe’s family said they did not know he had a weapon.”
After the crash, Blowe got out, approached the car, and was shot. It is not known if Blowe pointed his firearm at the suspects, who fled the scene and have yet to be found.
“It is very difficult to accept that someone who survived the worst of what we have to offer — sent off to the military, sent off to prison — couldn’t survive living on the streets of D.C.,” Patrice Sulton, a civil rights lawyer and executive director of the DC Justice Lab, told the Post. “He dedicated himself to preventing the exact kind of harm that befell him.”
“The bill passed earlier this week, reduces the mandatory minimum sentences, which are already lenient for gun offenders [and] felons in possession of illegal guns,” D.C. Police Union Chief Shop Steward Adam Shaatal said in reaction to the news.
Republicans in the House and the Senate have voiced opposition to the bill that was approved this week. Rep. Jame Comer (R-KY), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, previously told Townhall they will work to prevent the bill from becoming law should Mayor Muriel Bowser sign it since they have jurisdiction over the city.
To make a long story short: black career criminal advocates for Washington D.C. passing a bill reducing penalties for serious offenses such as robbery, burglary, carjackings, and carrying a firearm without a license, and then is gunned down by a fellow black male the week it is passed…
Obviously the main problem in this story is Washington D.C. being a food desert because of white privilege, right?