John Feinblatt is president of Everytown for Gun Safety, an organization working to end gun violence and build safer communities. The opinions expressed in this commentary belong to the author; view more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)Much is still unknown about Covid-19, but one thing is certain: Owning a gun does not make you any safer from it. But that didn’t stop the Trump administration from caving to the firearm industry by treating gun store workers just like the real frontline responders– police, doctors, nurses– in new advisory guidelines issued to state and local officials that designate who should be allowed to keep working during the pandemic.It is both shameful and nonsensical for the federal government to deem gun stores essential, a special privilege that millions of other shuttered small businesses can only dream about. The argument for keeping grocery stores and pharmacies open during a pandemic is self-evident. People need to be able to access food and medication in order to preserve public health, so it’s worth the risk of allowing people to congregate — while observing social distancing.This calculus clearly doesn’t apply to firearm sales. In fact, when you examine the evidence, it’s clear that allowing gun stores


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