Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

By The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

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Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia
Each Wednesday morning we share news, research, data, opinions and community responses related to gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia.

Map: Philadelphia shooting victim concentrations by ZIP Code. [Office of the Controller]
Map: Philadelphia shooting victim concentrations by ZIP Code. [Office of the Controller]
• Above: Philadelphia has 48 ZIP Codes. So far this year, residents in five ZIP Codes – mostly in North Philadelphia and Kensington – have suffered 44 percent of the city’s shooting victims, or 249 out of 562 total people shot, according to open city data mapped by the Office of the Controller. [@PCGVR]
Police narratives
Fewer police stats, more community engagement sought at Philly gun violence briefings
• Tune in today: The next city briefing on gun violence in Philadelphia is scheduled to take place this afternoon at 1 p.m. Listen live on WURD Radio 900 AM / 96.1 FM or watch live online. [Facebook]
Police info corrected
• The gunman who allegedly shot a SEPTA transit officer and three other people in Frankford (last week) was fatally shot by police, not by suicide as authorities initially reported, the Philadelphia Police Department confirmed Friday. [CBS]
City budget
“A consensus emerged quickly in Council on Wednesday: The city must spend more on violence prevention and public safety, as a gun violence epidemic continues to rage.” - City Council of Philadelphia Weekly Report
Listening to students
• Philadelphia’s Need in Deed supports teachers helping students design and carry out meaningful service projects contributing to collective solutions. The issues students care most about this year are emphasized on the chart list below. [Need in Deed newsletter via salsalabs.org]
Source: Need in Deed
Source: Need in Deed
• A report on Pennsylvania’s student violence prevention tip line found that the majority of 80,000 comments focused on mental health, bullying, suicide and self harm. Data in the 2020-2021 school year shows that 20.3 percent of all “Safe2Say” comments were designated “Life Safety” matters - an increase from 15.7 percent in the 2019-2020 school year. [Philly Voice/Pennsylvania Attorney General]
Graphic: Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
Graphic: Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General
• Join Chalkbeat Philadelphia and Resolve Philly for a panel discussion next week with students and teachers. [Eventbrite]
Presented by: Chalkbeat Philadelphia
Presented by: Chalkbeat Philadelphia
Demanding action
• Dozens of students plan to stage a peaceful die-in protest at the Octavius Catto Memorial at Philadelphia City Hall at 4pm Thursday to demand funding in the next city budget to provide more resources for community organizations working to prevent gun violence. [The Charles Foundation, The D.O.N.T.E. Initiative, March For Our Lives Philadelphia and Heeding God’s Call to End Gun Violence via @PCGVR]
• Northeast Philadelphia neighbors gathered last night to demand accountability from officials following the recent shooting death of a 15-year-old. [CBS3]
By the numbers
Visualization: PCGVR.org
Visualization: PCGVR.org
47: People shot last week in Philadelphia, up from 24 shooting victims reported one week earlier.
566: Total Philadelphia shooting victims reported to police this year through Monday.
65: Percent of city residents who reported hearing gunshots in their neighborhood during the past 12 months.
33: Students shot this year in Philadelphia, as of last week.
130: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
64: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
5,000: Annual US gun death milestone surpassed over the weekend.
522: People shot during road rage incidents in the US during 2021, including 131 fatalities.
Source: Everytown Research
Source: Everytown Research
Opinion
“The guns are so readily accessible to minors, that they go off here and there for reasons that no one, least of all the adolescent targets, can understand.” – Francis Wilkinson of Bloomberg writes about Philadelphia
“At any time, we can be swept up into the chaos of gun violence, no matter who we are. That’s why we can no longer pretend it’s someone else’s problem. We must all work together to solve it.” Solomon Jones of WURD Radio and Man Up PHL
For teens and kids
Evening Resource Centers Provide Safe Haven for Philly Kids Amid Surging Violence
More information
• We spotted this flyer for an event we previously mentioned would be coming up. [@pcgvr]
Safe storage
Philadelphia Police Captain Demonstrates How To Use Gun Lock
New study
• A new gun violence research project is underway in Southwest Philadelphia with people from the community interviewing others about their experiences with guns. [NBC10]
Campaign trail
Pa. Democratic Senate candidates came to Philly to talk about gun violence. Here are 3 takeaways.
Internship opportunity
• Applications are open for the 2022 Lenfest Next Generation Fund, which supports Philadelphia-area journalists and students of color with their professional development. Send us a message if you are interested in working with us and we can explore possibilities together. [Lenfest Institute/Contact PCGVR]
Law enforcemet
400 illegal guns in Philly flowed through the 'Iron Pipeline'
Philly man accused of using 3D printer to make ‘ghost guns’ faces charges
Biden Announces Gun Control Measures and A.T.F. Nominee
Solution of the Week
Mayor Lightfoot unveils upgrades to summer jobs program
Media mention
Dear Abby | Friend traumatized after woman’s shocking murder
Still streaming
Shift the Narrative: Media Panel on Community-Centered Gun Violence Reporting
In memoriam
Tyrik Acres, 20, loved teaching kids how to play basketball
• Join the Philadelphia Coalition for Victim Advocacy’s Virtual Candle Lighting Ceremony later this month to remember & honor victims & survivors of violence and take a stand against community violence. [PCVA]
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