...they are safer there than they would be in Philly. It's true. Over the past couple of weeks here in Philadelphia more people have been killed than in Iraq over the same period of time. (Don't worry ~Jen~, not in the neighborhoods your parents will be visiting).
In one week in the city of Philadelphia, we had 42 shootings and 18 homicides. When we have these homicides and these shootings, we need people to come forward and assist us," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson.
Last weekend alone, gunfire and stabbings left 11 people dead in the city...there were two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq.
Police said there have been 71 homicides this year (that's THREE months), 9.23 percent more than the 65 recorded last year at this time. (source)
Philadelphia has one of the most lax gun laws in the country. Democratic Mayor, John Street, has said that he may put a moratorium on gun permits. I don't know what good this will do as most criminals do not procure their weapons legally anyway, but I guess at this point anything is worth a chance. Philadelphia Police’s Highway Patrol Unit, one of the most elite departments in the PPD, is now patrolling the streets in North Philadelphia. There has even been talk about bringing the Pennsylvania State Police and even the National Guard --though there seems to be some dispute over chain of command issues. (source)
'Emergency' letter sent to Governor Rendell by Mayor Street.
Timeline of recent Philadelphia deaths.
Why do people protect the criminals that are destroying their neighborhoods and killing their children?