For the year 2020
Population of Philadelphia: 1.6 million
Population of Pennsylvania: 13 million
Homicides in Philadelphia: 499
Homicides in Pennsylvania: 1,009
When gun laws are the same throughout the state, and your city accounts for 12% of the state population but nearly half of all homicides in the state, the problem isn’t guns.
October 1, 2022
Comment to Quote of the day—Jim Kenney
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]
Are the gun laws in fact the same? I thought Philadelphia had an exception from the normal state-wide rules on concealed carry permits. Maybe that’s old history? Or just a confused memory?
I’m not a lawyer, but to the best of my knowledge, the only exception for Philadelphia is that open carry is allowed everywhere else in the state without a license to carry, but a license to carry is required for open carry in Philadelphia. It’s an exception written into state law for “a city of first class” of which Philadelphia is the only one. Pennsylvania has a fairly robust preemption statute, and while municipalities occasionally try to override it, the courts have been good about following state law.
Nice try on Andy’s part. But pointing out the obvious for the billionth time is doomed to fail. The communists already know, and don’t care.
When your city is full of drug-addicted morons with little to no impulse control. Don’t matter what words one puts on paper.
They’re going to kill each other in greater numbers.
And just like the plastics problem of last week’s post. It’s more about how one handles the trash. And the personal standards of what one is willing to live with.
If society isn’t committed to handling the trash, even the countryside will be full of it.
It does seem sometimes that, when it comes to violent gun crime in America, the difference isn’t so much between red states and blue states; it’s between city and rural.
Rural communities need to be their own first responders, more often than not. City folk don’t understand why calling 911, for anything, shouldn’t be the default, because that’s what they do.
12% do 50% of a thing.
I’ve heard that statistic somewhere before…