Will The Weekend Be Filled With Mischief, Mayhem and Murder  in Tuscaloosa?

We all know that gun violence disproportionately affects undeserved urban communities. While gun violence knows no boundaries, neighborhoods where poverty is most concentrated bear the largest effects of gun homicide, crime, and other trauma. African American children and teens are more likely than than their white counterparts to die by gun homicide.Communities of color have dealt with COVID-19, the recession and social unrest and are bearing the brunt of a surge in gun violence. While a rise in shootings is common here in Tuscaloosa during the warm months, this year has been much more complex. There is a multi stage effect occurring. Not only is it summertime violence, but there is COVID-19, and in some cases job loss. Adding all this up and you are exacerbating violence, especially in communities that are vulnerable.

Recently, assault rifles, handguns, and drugs were confiscated from teens on the Strip near the University of Alabama here in Tuscaloosa. Local law enforcement have indicated that increased patrols will continue through the month of September and even longer if needed. Expect even larger crowds this up-coming weekend because it is Alabama's first home game. Will all of these factors be a recipe for Mischief, Mayhem and possible  Murder here in Tuscaloosa this weekend?

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