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.

Philadelphia will soon surpass 500 homicides recorded during 2021. More than 400 resulted from gun violence and are represented on this map from the Office of the Controller.
Philadelphia will soon surpass 500 homicides recorded during 2021. More than 400 resulted from gun violence and are represented on this map from the Office of the Controller.
Firsthand experts
• A new study from anti-gun violence nonprofit ManUpPHL offers solutions to the city’s gun violence crisis from those most at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of that violence — young Black men. [Axios/ManUpPHL]
Community in action
‘You are going to see a renaissance’: New coalition rises to broker a ceasefire in Philly
• A mother whose only daughter was killed organized a Poconos getaway for nearly 50 Philly kids, some who have lost multiple loved ones to gun violence. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
• High school students are playing football with police to raise money for a support group of moms bereaved by gun violence. You can help too. [The Philadelphia Citizen/GoFundMe]
• Community leaders, elected officials and local trauma care specialists gathered on National Injury Prevention Day to march and rally against the Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic. [AL DÍA NEWS Media]
• Several young men from South Philly gave back to the community by giving Thanksgiving meals to seniors in the city’s Point Breeze neighborhood. They want to change the narrative about their community amid the surging violence. [NBC10]
• A group of volunteers known as Frontline Dads come to E.W. Rhodes school in North Philadelphia every day to provide a safe passage to students after the last bell. [6ABC]
• Citywide gun buyback events have netted 650 working weapons so far this year, [The Philadelphia Tribune]
Grim milestone
Almost 500 people dead: Philadelphia is about to set a grim new record for homicides
• Some Philadelphia families say they feel trapped in violent neighborhoods. [FOX29]
Officials respond
• Local, state and federal officials – mostly from law enforcement – will gather for a discussion this morning to address gun violence in Philadelphia. You can watch live online at 9:30 a.m. [@pcgvr/Facebook]
• Temple’s public safety director says the university is “determined to help find solutions,” following a fatal shooting near campus. [Temple Now]
By the numbers
• The latest Philadelphia Police citywide major crimes report shows 43 people shot during the seven-day period ending Sunday and reports 2,078 year-to-date shooting victims, up 5.1 percent vs. 2021. A 2-year-old boy’s parents have been arrested after the child shot himself once in the abdomen last week. [Philadelphia Police via Google Drive/CBS Philly]
• As of Monday, there have been 40,000 gun deaths so far this year in the United States, including suicides, for an approximate average of 123 each day. [@GunDeaths]
Talking about trauma
Mental Health & Philly's Gun Violence | EP. 2 | What Our City Needs
Mental Health & Philly's Gun Violence | EP. 2 | What Our City Needs
• The second episode of “What Our City Needs” explores Philadelphia’s gun violence and the role mental health, including the causes and effects of trauma. [AL DÍA News Media via YouTube
On the front lines
I wake up every day knowing that I will have to watch another Black man take his last breath. And over what? | Opinion
• A group of medical students in Philadelphia wrote about their first experiences and reactions when gunshot victims arrive at the emergency room. [Jefferson Digital Commons]
Traveling this weekend?
• A Philadelphia woman is facing a citation and federal fine, accused of trying to take a loaded gun onto her flight last week at Philadelphia International Airport. [CBS Philly]
• Accidental gunfire caused a panic at the airport in Atlanta this week. [@ATL_SCOOP/@CBSNews]
Expecting guests?
• Everytown has a new guide to devices you can use to store your guns more safely your guns. [Everytown Support Fund]
Opinion
Putting the financial health of municipalities at the whim of state gun industry lobbyists is poor public policy. Doing it while enacting a law that will likely lead to local officials attending even more funerals for their constituents is a failure of government’s first responsibility: ensuring the safety of its people.” [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
Surveys
• Americans’ support for stricter gun control has fallen five percentage points to 52%, the lowest reading since 2014. At the same time, 35% of U.S. adults think laws covering the sale of firearms should be kept as they are now and 11% favor less strict laws. [Gallup]
• A large majority of Americans do not want guns at protests. The potential presence of guns at protests can produce a “chilling effect” among women and Democrats. [The Washington Post]
Research
• Children entering pediatric ICUs with gun injuries have higher mortality rates. Black children were about 14% of the total patient population but suffered 45% of critical gun injuries and about 30% of gun deaths. [Pediatric Critical Care Medicine]
Solution of the Week
Transforming Narratives of Gun Violence
You can make a difference
• Please check out our new Executive Summary, let us know what you think and and keep up us in mind when you are giving this season. [PCGVR/WeDidIt]
In memoriam
Quincy White, 25: Creative, fun and playful
Coming soon
“Numb to Normalcy: Gun Violence in America” is the next documentary produced with support from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project here at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting. This video features students Ahmad Mitchell, Taylor Dixon-Moore and Yolanda Brutley-Dugger of Community College of Philadelphia in intimate conversation with each other. It was directed by Proof of Consciousness (P.O.C.) with assistant directors Aapril Rice (Breezy Digital) and Alisha Laws (Exhibit A Art Design.) We will present the complete production on our home page in the near future.
“Numb to Normalcy: Gun Violence in America” is the next documentary produced with support from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project here at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting. This video features students Ahmad Mitchell, Taylor Dixon-Moore and Yolanda Brutley-Dugger of Community College of Philadelphia in intimate conversation with each other. It was directed by Proof of Consciousness (P.O.C.) with assistant directors Aapril Rice (Breezy Digital) and Alisha Laws (Exhibit A Art Design.) We will present the complete production on our home page in the near future.
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