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Weekly Brief on Gun Violence Prevention in Philadelphia

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.

Above: Map highlights blocks with multiple shooting victims this year in the area of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues in Philadelphia. [Office of the Controller]
Losing students to gun violence
• Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School in Philadelphia has lost nine students to gun violence in one year. Martin Luther King High School has lost two during the past year. [The Philadelphia Inquirer/Chalkbeat]
• The nation’s two biggest teachers unions demanded new gun control laws, citing an unusually violent return-to-school. The 2021 back-to-school period has seen the highest number of gunfire incidents on school grounds — nearly double the previous high. [Yahoo News/Newsweek]
Solution of the Week
To Combat Gun Violence, Clean Up the Neighborhood
• Multiple studies find that environmental fixes to low-income neighborhoods reduce gun violence dramatically. [The Philadelphia Citizen]
Better Gun Violence Reporting
• Applicants for the new position of Gun Violence Prevention Reporter at WHYY should be plan to be part of the cure. [WHYY via]
• Lessons from California: Reporting on gun violence includes “the persistent use of language and images in the news that could reinforce harmful stereotypes about communities of color, particularly young Black and Brown men.” []
• Journalists can apply now for a small cash fellowship to participate in “Rethinking Punishment,” the next conference from the Center on Media, Crime and Justice. [The Crime Report]
Our theory of change
“We believe that if the public is better informed about the epidemiology, root causes and solutions for gun violence, this could ultimately lead to increased support for policies and programs to prevent gun violence.”
Food insecurity linked to gun violence
• Discussion: Experts address Philadelphia’s worsening gun violence problem and the correlation with food insecurity in the city’s most affected areas. [PhillyCAM via Facebook]
• Nearly all of the Kansas City neighborhoods with the highest rates of shootings last year lacked access to a grocery store within half a mile. [The Missouri Gun Violence Project]
By the numbers
• This week’s Philadelphia Police citywide major crimes report shows 46 people shot during the seven-day period ending Sunday, down from 55 shooting victims during the previous week, and down from 67 recorded two weeks earlier. [Philadelphia Police via Google Drive]
• City data: 57 people were shot during the first seven days of this month in Philadelphia, running slightly ahead of last month’s pace. []
• Updated chart: City data show 220 people wounded or killed by gunfire in Philadelphia last month, up from 189 people shot during the previous month but down slightly from 229 shootings victims recorded during September, 2020. [PCGVR]
Confronting the Crisis
• Scholars, political leaders and activists share insights, recommendations and potential solutions for Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic in this community conversation from 6ABC and WHYY. [WHYY]
• The next cohort of Listening to the Streets begins next week, and promises stipends, skills mentorship and a job opportunity for every qualified applicant. [@manupphl]
• Friday evening in Germantown: See a great movie, join in conversations and meet with local news organizations. [Tabor Children’s Services via @pcgvr]
Surgeon: Having a machine listen for gunshots has helped us save lives
• A new working paper suggests that 21 percent of Philadelphia shootings can be attributed to spillover effects from gentrification. [SSRN]
• Study: More recent and repeat alcohol charges were associated with the greatest risk of suicide, including firearm suicide. [UCDavis Health]
• Pennsylvania Senate Bill 581 would require that owners secure their firearm using a key or combination trigger lock, a securely locked box or container, or within a safe, secure location when the firearm is not in use. [The Morning Call]
• New legislation in California enables law enforcement to seize ghost guns under gun violence or domestic violence restraining orders; strengthens procedures ensuring the relinquishment of firearms; requires analysis of crime gun data to track gun violence trends, and more. []
Interstate collaboration
• Governor Wolf announced a new agreement that will allow law enforcement in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania to rapidly share information to help identify and apprehend straw purchasers, traffickers and suspect dealers. [CeaseFire PA]
Around the nation
• One person was killed and at least 14 others were wounded during a shooting early Sunday morning inside a crowded bar in St. Paul, Minnesota. Portland police responded to 13 shootings between Friday night and early Sunday morning. [The New York Times/The Oregonian]
• As homicides surged across the US last year, the number of Black females killed increased sharply as well. [The Guardian]
• Seven people have been shot in Newark, Delaware this year, more than triple the total number of shooting victims recorded during all of 2020. [delaware online]
Word from Washington
• Philadelphia is one of 16 cities included gun the White House Community Violence Intervention (CVI Collaborative, committed to using American Rescue Plan funding or other public funding to scale and strengthen their CVI infrastructure. [@AmbRice46]
• U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans discussed gun violence last week during a visit to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. [@TUGovtAffairs]
Historical perspective
• Can the ‘war’ on gun violence learn from the mistakes of the War on Drugs? [The Crime Report]
• Due to the City Council Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention meeting scheduled for today, the city’s regularly scheduled bi-weekly virtual briefing on gun violence has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, October 20. []
In memoriam
• Tymel Fullwood was needed and loved by many different people. [Philadelphia Obituary Project]
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