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.

Heat map shows concentrations of places where nearly 50 people were wounded or killed during an exceptional outbreak of gun violence in Philadelphia between Thursday and Sunday. [Office of the Controller]
Heat map shows concentrations of places where nearly 50 people were wounded or killed during an exceptional outbreak of gun violence in Philadelphia between Thursday and Sunday. [Office of the Controller]
Easter weekend outbreak
Philadelphia shooting victims. Source: Open Data Philly / Chart: PCGVR.org
Philadelphia shooting victims. Source: Open Data Philly / Chart: PCGVR.org
• Eight people were killed and 41 were wounded in Philadelphia gun violence between Thursday and Sunday. The mayor, police commissioner and district attorney made statements. [@PhillyMayor/@PPDCommish/WHYY]
Taking action
Johann Calhoun
Philly youth at O.V. Catto statue for die-in protest demand council to prioritize investing in resources to address gun violence in budget. Youth laid still for 210 seconds — the number of homicides recorded this year. #PHLed #Chalkbeat @CouncilmemberJG @KellanWhite @Movitajh https://t.co/vM3KRo8FHZ
More women and children shot
• Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica Beard is the corresponding author of a new study reporting that more women and children were shot, especially Black women and children, in Philadelphia following the enactment of COVID-19 containment policies. More mass shooting victims and new geographical hot spots were also identified. [Preventive Medicine/Temple Health]
Source: Preventive Medicine
Source: Preventive Medicine
Events tonight
• Join Chalkbeat Philadelphia and Resolve Philly for a panel discussion with students and teachers. Please RSVP. [eventbrite]
• Join Students Demand Action, Moms Demand Action and community partners for #Enough Plays To End Gun Violence. [Everytown/WHYY]
Listen live next Tuesday
WHYY News
Can starting a dialogue prevent shootings in Philadelphia?

Reporter @SammyCaiola is exploring this question with experts & community members across the city.

🎙️ Listen LIVE to their first conversation on April 26th @ 1pm right here on Twitter ⤵️ https://t.co/q4KhYL7N9M
By the numbers
Visualization: PCGVR.org
Visualization: PCGVR.org
65: People shot last week in Philadelphia, up from 46 shooting victims during the previous week and 24 recorded two weeks earlier.
630: Total Philadelphia shooting victims reported to police this year through Monday, up 5.2 percent vs. 2021.
142: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
66: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
7: Firearms confiscated this year at Philadelphia International Airport security checkpoints, as of last week. Six were loaded.
Editorials
“The stakes and the scale of this crisis demand the same kind of bold intervention that we’ve seen from Mayor Jim Kenney on COVID-19. That means finding more ways to fight gun violence, not telling residents and colleagues that you’ve done all you can.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tie increased funding to less city homicides
Help wanted
City of Philadelphia
Would you like to be a part of the solution to gun violence in Philadelphia!

Apply to be a Resource Navigator for the Philadelphia Violence Prevention Hotline.

Find out more here ➡️https://t.co/UgWUOuI7zc
Essay
Why the mayor’s proposed budget sends the wrong message on public safety
Updates from Temple
Temple University President Jason Wingard: Homicides near universities are a crisis that needs immediate action and long-term solutions
“Temple is a major anchor for this city, and the way that it’s going to remain that is by getting this situation under control. This is complicated, but in my opinion, it’s fixable. - Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, after beginning his audit of Temple University’s Campus Safety Services.
Lessons from Missouri
• Gun violence increased for more than a decade in Columbia, Missouri, which is home to the state university. Little has been done to address the crisis and the consequences have been deadly. [Kansas City Star]
Save a life
• This PSA was specifically produced and subtitled for civilians doing wound management in Ukraine but you can watch and learn how to stop bleeding too.
Covering traumatic events
Trauma-informed journalism: What it is, why it’s important and tips for practicing it
• Trauma and self-care for journalists reporting on gun violence: pcgvr.org/care
On reporting
How The Trace Changed Reporting on Guns in America
The news media seems to be heeding the call to limit naming perpetrators in mass shootings
Join us this summer
• The Lenfest Next Generation Fund supported an intern with us last year and maybe and it could happen again. Read up below and drop us a line if you are interested in applying together. The deadline is next Friday. [The Lenfest Institute/PCGVR]
Perpectives
Crossing Lines — A Change in the Leading Cause of Death among U.S. Children | NEJM
“But too many politicians have showed gutless indifference as tens of thousands of Americans die from gun-related injuries each year and the number of students who have experienced gun violence at school since the Columbine High School massacre exceeds 292,000.” - American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten
Stephen King
America has become a shooting gallery.
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