Death Toll: 201 and Counting
Three people were killed Monday night in a violent half hour stretch. Those three upped the death toll to 201, up at least 3.65 percent from last year. Police Commissioner Richard Ross gave valid reasons for the spike: too many violent offenders are repeatedly arrested and then set loose again; witnesses don’t want to be snitches thus making it difficult to make an arrest; criminals find guns readily available and are more than happy to use them. All this and the police departments staffing has declined by hundreds of officers in the past few years.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer 07/12/2006
Reading through some of the comments off of the philly.com article one struck me as just not getting it. The comment asked if the state or federal courts can “give the city the authority to severely limit the sale and possession of firearms?” Doesn’t this person realize that a good majority of these crimes are from illegally obtained guns? Anyway I think the question sparks a good question. What do you think, will violent crime in our city lower if we regulate the purchase and possession of guns more?