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 week we share news from our Center plus updates on gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia from our partners at Billy Penn.

News from our Center
Who We Are: Meet the team at the Center
Who We Are: Meet the team at the Center
• Last week, we shared our refreshed About, Team and Partner pages. Now, we have improved home page menus, a new comprehensive Directory for our mobile users and a new page with our Media Mentions. Next, we are planning some events, we will be reporting more about our work and we have been organizing some of the content we produce into a podcast, coming soon. [PCGVR]
• We are honored and grateful to the Independence Public Media Foundation for supporting our Credible Messenger Reporting Project for a third year, via our parent organization Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. [IPMF/PCGVR/IBGVR]
• If you play a role in local TV news coverage of gun violence in Philadelphia, we have a special opportunity to share with you. Please take a chance and leave us your email address. [PCGVR]
• This week’s newsletter got delayed because we have so many good things coming soon. Next week, we plan to start sending it out on Wednesday mornings again. Please share the subscription link. [Revue]
Updates from Billy Penn
By the numbers in Philadelphia
  • 34: Shooting victims recorded last week, vs. 29 the week prior. [@PCGVR via City Controller]
  • 1,408: Shooting victims this year, up 2% from last year [PCGVR]
  • 321: Year-to-date homicides, up very slightly vs. last year; up 67% vs. five years ago [Philly Police]
Month in review
How Many Guns?
Shooting Victims
On the Record
“The things that the children have to see along the way from point A to point B, no one should be seeing it. I have seen parents closing their children’s eyes as they’re walking past … having to do that is traumatic enough.” - Casarez Elementary School principal Awilda Balbuena [WHYY]
Differing approaches
Role of the media
Fear of Rampant Crime Is Derailing New York City’s Recovery
Fuel to the fire
Physiologically, drinking contributes to violence in multiple ways. Alcohol can inhibit reasoning and empathy, encourage impulsive behavior, and blind people to the long-term consequences of their actions. That makes those who are intoxicated both easier targets and more audacious attackers. [New Mexico in Depth]
Legislation
Many states – including New Jersey and Delaware – and the federal government have approved laws to help curb gun violence in 2022 so far but a new assault weapon ban appears to be doomed. [CNN/The Guardian]
Data
Council on Criminal Justice: robberies up, homicides dip so far in 2022
Make a difference: Support the Center
This newsletter is free and your attention and concern mean the world but we have bills to pay.
We launched The Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting two years ago to explore the hypothesis that changing the way journalists and news organizations report on gun violence could prevent shootings and save lives.
We organized a community reporting project to shift power to people with lived expertise, a professional development program to support journalists already covering gun violence and a research collaborative which has been refining our focus by identifying harmful reporting practices and asking what the ideal, most ethical and impactful reporting on gun violence might look like.
Now we are focused on implementing what we have learned, synthesizing our programs for maximum impact and sustaining the Center for years to come. We are proud of our progress and but the gun violence crisis only worsens and we need your help. Please consider making a recurring tax-deductible contribution today.
Please visit: ibgvr.wedid.it
Solution(s) of the Week
What Could Actually Work to Curb Gun Violence
In memoriam
Calvin Morton Greene, 32, aspiring real estate mogul who kept reaching higher
• This newsletter has been produced thanks to funding awarded through the Directors Grant Program of the Barra Foundation.
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