Weekly Brief on Gun Violence and 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.

Who needs some good news?
Credible Messenger Reporting Project seeks new community reporters and more professional partners
Exploring conflict resolution strategies
Nonprofits, schools train teens to settle their own arguments in hopes of preventing gun violence
Reporting on solutions
• Report for America corps member Samantha Searles is joining WHYY gun violence prevention reporter Sammy Caiola and intern Amelia Winger to report on solutions to gun violence. [@WHYYNews/@SamSearles9/@SammyCaiola/@ameliawinger]
• Temple’s new Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting will focus on potential solutions to urban issues including gun violence. Two esteemed former Philadelphia Daily News reporters will lead. [Temple Now
• City officials are building on Philadelphia Inquirer analysis that identified 57 blocks where 10 or more people have been shot since 2015. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Narratives and impact
A comparative content analysis of newspaper coverage about extreme risk protection order policies in passing and non-passing US states
Save the date
• The Memorial to the Lost is coming to Center City Philadelphia. [Heading God’s Call via MailChimp]
Over the weekend
‘Put away petty grievances’: In West Philadelphia, families of gun violence victims come together for healing and reflection
• Log in to learn about the scope and systemic causes of the gun violence epidemic in Philadelphia and programs that assist victims and address the root causes. [Zoom]
• The New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center’s Research Day is intended “to be a truly community-engaged event, with community members, those involved in violence interruption work, policy makers, journalists, students, educators, the military, and others attending.” Register for free now and attend online Friday: [hopin/Patch]
Taking cover
“That sounded like guns, I don’t want to die. We’ll get down.” - Voices of children at Philadelphia shooting scene Monday.
By the numbers
47: People shot last week in Philadelphia, up from 33 shooting victims recorded one week earlier.
785: Total Philadelphia shooting victims reported to police this year through Monday.
180: Year-to-date total homicides reported to Philadelphia Police through last night.
82: Year-to-date homicides recorded in Philadelphia as of the same date in 2015.
8: Percentage of shooting victims identified as minors in Philadelphia during 2022.
90: Women and girls shot so far this year in Philadelphia.
12: African Americans faced a risk of death by firearm 12 times greater than white Americans during 2020.
24,080: Percent increase in the number of short-barreled rifles manufactured annually between 2000 and 2020.
Source: Open Data Philly / Visualization: PCGVR.org
Source: Open Data Philly / Visualization: PCGVR.org
Should Philadelphia schools scan middle school students for weapons?
Student survey
• The top reasons Philadelphia students feel there is so much gun violence are “gang involvement, the desire to be seen as cool and weak gun laws.” [The Philadelphia Tribune]
Young Philadelphians need quality education, strong after-school and neighborhood programs, and they need to feel safe. We must work harder than ever to build a village for students beyond the one we’ve created in our schools, one that includes help from others in the community. - Christine Gullotti and Dante Banks at Belmont Charter Network
Broad daylight
• The Action News Data Journalism Team found that daytime shootings have increased over the past few years. [6ABC]
How the Buffalo mass shooting raises the stress and trauma of Black Philadelphians
• Philadelphia’s 211 anti-violence hotline is a free and confidential helpline that connects individuals and families with important services and resources in our local communities.
• The University of Chicago Crime Lab launched the Community Safety Leadership Academies, “training the next generation of policing and community violence intervention leaders from across America.” [news.uchicago.edu]
Many cities are putting hopes in violence interrupters, but few understand their challenges
Study Finds Link Between Dropping Permit Requirement for Carrying Concealed Weapons and Increase in Officer-Involved Shootings with Civilian Victims
• Violent crime and gun violence are America’s biggest problem, after inflation and the affordability of health care. [Pew Research Center]
Evaluating Baltimore's Aerial Investigation Research Pilot Program
Boston FIRST initiative aims to curb gun violence
Startup raises $17 million to develop smart gun
Cost of violence
New Illinois law will help pay funeral costs for children killed by gun violence
• A medical student at Thomas Jefferson University was among the authors of an essay calling for common sense gun laws to reverse the trend of gun violence in hospital settings. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
White House
• President Biden is calling for state and local leaders to dedicate more American Rescue Plan Funding dollars to to public safety and violence prevention. [whitehouse.gov]
“The answer is not to defund the police. The answer is to fund the police.” - President Joe Biden
Solution(s) of the Week
Cognitive behavior therapy takes work, but can prevent gun violence
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council publishes gun violence reduction plan for D.C.
In memoriam
Kevin Rincon
The names of the 10 victims killed at the Buffalo supermarket are written on the street in chalk. It’s part of a growing memorial created by family, friends, and total strangers. https://t.co/VJeLSLDFsR
‘All These Innocent Lives’: These Were the Victims in the Buffalo Attack
“Prayers alone, while needed, are not enough. We do not hide behind prayer, like so many shameless politicians do. Rather, we call for prayerful action.” - Heeding God’s Call, Philadelphia
Philly Teen Plants Trees in Honor of Gun Violence Victims
Thank you
The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting
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The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting

Better gun violence reporting could enhance public understanding and support for effective programs and policies to prevent shootings and hopefully save lives. But what does the most ethical, impactful and empathetic reporting look like?

The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting was launched to explore the hypotheses that changing the practice of news reporting can prevent gun violence. Since then, our research has refined this focus by identifying harmful reporting practices, asking what best practices would look like and how they could be implemented. Now, we have organized our work into three closely-aligned programs:


Our community reporting project trains, compensates and empowers people impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia to produce and distribute news reports on its root causes, their lived experience and possible solutions from the community perspective, with guidance from professional journalists.


Our interdisciplinary research collaborative is exploring the intersection of gun violence, impacted communities and the media. Our Director of Research Dr. Jessica H. Beard is a trauma surgeon who cares for gunshot patients at Temple University Hospital and researches public health at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine. Her work is supported by a three-year Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship.


Our professional development program strives to help journalists covering gun violence find a more diverse selection of experts, the most reliable data, evidence-based solutions, inspiring past reporting, strategies for community engagement, professional networking opportunities and additional resources. Representatives from every major Philadelphia news organization have participated.


We strive to model ourselves after other organizations that have dramatically advanced the practice of journalism. Within five years, we hope to support a small staff with a long runway for continuing operations and a strategic plan for sustainability.

Until then, we plan to continue supporting voices from the community, publishing research that informs best practices and building networks of journalists who believe we can all do better, make a difference and stop the violence.

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