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‘Comprehensive Gun Safety Measures’

Posted on | June 3, 2023 | Comments Off on ‘Comprehensive Gun Safety Measures’

When the only tool you’ve got is a hammer, it is said, every problem looks like a nail. When you’re a Democrat, every problem looks like an opportunity for government regulation:

Advocates took a stand against gun violence Friday at the Chester County Courthouse. Cease Fire PA wore orange as they held a rally to kick off Gun Violence Awareness Month.
Survivors and gun control advocates came together to honor those lost and pushing for the state legislature to pass more comprehensive gun safety measures.
Many hospitals in Philadelphia feel like a war zone with so many gunshot victims. The team at Jefferson’s Einstein Medical Center is working hard to save lives in the hospital and the community.
“I didn’t know if I was ever going to walk again,” said Thomas Hunter.
Hunter was temporarily paralyzed after being shot in the abdomen three years ago.
“It can happen to anybody,” he said.
Knowing the agony of gun violence, the 26-year-old now works at Jefferson’s Einstein Medical Center, helping other victims and their families.
“I meet them where they’re at. I instill them with hope, resiliency and empowerment,” Hunter said.
Einstein’s trauma center is ground zero for gun carnage. Hundreds of victims end up there and it’s taking an emotional toll on the staff.
“Every single shift, they feel that burden of the constant gun violence in our city,” said Sarah Misuro, who is a nurse. “It weighs very heavily on you – everybody.”
Orange flowers are planted in front of the hospital for Gun Violence Awareness Day and people are being encouraged to wear orange to honor victims and their families.
“Our healthcare team struggles with this every day,” said Juanita Way, with Jefferson Einstein Medical Center.
Desperate to do something, the team at Einstein sold t-shirts and raised $10,000 to buy gun locks that they’re giving away in the hospital.
“We aren’t making a dent in it, so we gotta figure out something to do,” Way said.
Way, along with Einstein’s gun violence prevention task force, thinks the gun locks can help protect children and reduce accidental shootings, as well as make gun owners more responsible.

(Hat-tip: Instapundit.)

Has Ms. Way taken a close look at the kind of “gun owners” who are actually perpetrating the violence in Philadelphia? Has she examined the statistics or analyzed the various cases that make headlines in the city that has been dubbed “Killadelphia”? Grant that the city’s homicide rate is not as high as Memphis, St. Louis, Baltimore or New Orleans, but it’s high enough to be in the deadly category of Worse Than Chicago.

But the people who are committing the shootings in Philadelphia are not going to be deterred by any “gun safety measures” that the Pennsylvania legislature might conceivably pass, and they certainly aren’t going to become “responsible” by giving them free gun locks.

Crime is a people problem, and the only way to deal with it is to (a) identify the criminals and (b) put them in prison.

What has gone wrong in “Killadelphia,” as in so many other American cities, is that Democrats have elected a “progressive” district attorney, Larry Krasner, who doesn’t want to put criminals in prison. As a result, you have convicted felons running amok in a climate of lawlessness where criminals do not fear the police. This problem cannot be solved by passing new laws, when the existing laws are not being enforced.

Car theft? Against the law. Assault? Against the law. Narcotics trafficking? Against the law. Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon? Against the law. Each of these laws present an opportunity to put criminals behind bars, where they can no longer endanger the public and yet, because Democrats in Philadelphia elected Larry Krasner as their D.A., the criminals who commit such felonies are being turned loose in the name of “social justice,” with the deadly results bemoaned by the kind of liberal idiots who think they can stop criminals by selling T-shirts and giving away free gun locks. A couple of years ago, I dubbed Philadelphia “Carjack City, U.S.A.” This was related to a case in which a convicted felon named Stanley Cochran went on a rampage that ended after he shot a 19-year-old woman in the head while he was trying to steal her car. The important question was, why was Cochran not behind bars? Why was he turned loose? And the simplest answer is, “social justice.”

The carjacking problem in Philadelphia hasn’t gone away. Instead, it’s gotten worse — more than 1,300 last year, a rate of more than three carjackings per day in the city — and Krasner’s response? He announced the formation of a new “task force” to deal with the cases.

How about this, Larry? PUT CRIMINALS IN PRISON.

Never hear that at “Gun Violence Awareness” rallies, I bet.




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