gun-violence

Philly officials look for marginal wins as homicide rate continues to rise

BY: - October 21, 2021

'The overall reductions in violent crime specifically within our pinpoint grades are continuing to decrease in a strong and steady way,' Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

Pa. Supreme Court allows lawsuits over local gun ordinances to move forward

BY: - October 20, 2021

Now, individuals can challenge a city's firearm restrictions even if they haven't yet violated the law.

Philly Summit addresses link between gun violence and environment

BY: - October 13, 2021

The summit comes as research shows how major improvements in community habitat, living conditions and natural environment reduces violence substantially.

Pa., three other states to share gun crime data in new collaboration against gun violence

BY: - October 7, 2021

In a virtual press briefing Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed what’s known as a  memorandum of understanding authorizing the law enforcement agencies in the partnering states to share relevant gun crime data with each other in an effort to prevent gun crimes and violence as well as identify and apprehend traffickers and dealers of firearms. 

COMMENTARY

Pa.’s veteran suicide rate exceeded state’s rate in 2019 | Wednesday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 6, 2021

Nearly 7 in 10 veterans took their own lives using a firearm in 2019, exceeding statewide numbers, according to U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs data.

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The 3 factors behind the perfect storm of 2020’s homicide spike | Opinion

BY: - October 3, 2021

More guns, pandemic stress and a police legitimacy crisis created perfect conditions for the 30% leap in homicides.

In a city torn by violence, Black Philadelphians are buying guns to respond to crime, racism

BY: - September 22, 2021

“Why would you want the racists to be the only ones with knowledge of firearms?” Philadelphia gun advocate and founder of Black Guns Matter, Maj Toure, recently asked a reporter.

Once part of the problem, this Philly man is looking for solutions to city’s gun violence plague

BY: - August 23, 2021

With no end in sight, these self-styled 'interrupters' are looking to stop violence before it happens

‘I just started screaming’: Philly’s gun violence leaves children with lasting wounds | Analysis

BY: - August 22, 2021

The number of children aged 18 and younger who were shot increased by 65 percent to 196 in 2020, data shows.

Philly won’t roll out new programs to protect students as violence stays on the rise

BY: - August 19, 2021

The homicide rate was 339 as of Wednesday, up 22% compared to the same time last year,

‘This can’t be normal, this can’t be accepted’: Philly gun violence leaves families in pain, fear

BY: - August 19, 2021

A 'perfect storm' of deadly factors has helped revive an old nickname for Philadelphia popularized by its detractors — “Killadelphia.”

‘Some of these killings are for the dumbest reasons’: What’s driving Philly’s bloody summer?

BY: - August 17, 2021

Some have called the situation a "perfect storm" of problems. Others a "witches' brew" of swirling trauma.