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Weekly Briefing on Gun Violence and Prevention in Philadelphia

Weekly Briefing on Gun Violence and Prevention in Philadelphia
Each Wednesday morning we share news, research, data, opinions and community responses related to gun violence and prevention in Philadelphia.

Running total: Philadelphia shooting victims recorded during previous 365 days
After climbing consistently throughout the first year of the pandemic, the number of people shot in Philadelphia during the previous 365 days appears to have been fluctuating slightly in recent months.
After climbing consistently throughout the first year of the pandemic, the number of people shot in Philadelphia during the previous 365 days appears to have been fluctuating slightly in recent months.
• As of September 2, 2021, the city had recorded 2,420 shooting victims during the previous 365 days. On September 2, 2019, that number was 1,487. [Open Data Philly via PCGVR Philadelphia Shooting Victims Dashboard]
Online Premiere: Never Ending Emotions
Now you can watch “Never Ending Emotions” online in its entirety. This documentary features a series of interviews addressing the emotional rollercoaster of life-changing events following the murder of a family member and discussing possible solutions to gun violence in Philadelphia.
Now you can watch “Never Ending Emotions” online in its entirety. This documentary features a series of interviews addressing the emotional rollercoaster of life-changing events following the murder of a family member and discussing possible solutions to gun violence in Philadelphia.
• This film was produced with support from the Credible Messenger Reporting Project here at the Philadelphia Center for Gun Violence Reporting. It premiered in person at the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square last month.
Everyone reporting for this project comes from communities affected by gun violence. The team behind this documentary includes Credible Messenger producer Kimberly Kamara, videographer and editor Gregory Greer and partnering professional journalist Erin Flynn Jay.
The Credible Messenger Reporting Project trains, compensates and empowers people impacted by gun violence in Philadelphia to produce and distribute news reports addressing its root causes, their lived experience and possible solutions from the community perspective, with guidance from professional journalists.
More local leaders
• Meet Shakina DeShazor, who helps co-victims of gun violence in Philadelphia find things like counseling, reimbursement of funeral expenses, and other resources. [The Justice Wire
• World champion boxer Bernard Hopkins came out Friday night for the ‘Guns Down, Gloves Up’ violence prevention program organized by police in North Philadelphia. [CBS3]
Solutions near and far
A Surprising Lever for Reducing Crime: Housing Repairs
Hope emerges from innovative READI Chicago initiative
Groups arise, spurred by Minneapolis gun violence, to enact early interventions
By the numbers
• At least three people died and 21 more were wounded in Philadelphia gun violence during the holiday weekend. [Open Data Philly via @pcgvr]
• The latest Philadelphias Police citywide major crimes report shows 27 people shot in the city during the seven-day period ending Sunday, down from 39 during the previous week, for the lowest weekly total reported since February. [Philadelphia Police via Google Drive]
• Updated August data now show 189 people shot last month in Philadelphia, down from 272 in July and down from 282 in August, 2020, although those were the two highest monthly totals recorded in open data available since January, 2015. [data.phila.gov
• More homicides were recorded during the first eight months of this year in Philadelphia than during all 12 months of each year shown in open police data from 2008-2019. [Philadelphia Police via @ KeeleyFox29]
In the news
• A five-year-old child brought a gun to school in South Philadelphia last week. [Philadelphia Police via @ 6abcAnnie]
• Law enforcement officials shared their perspectives in a segment of “Combatting Gun Violence” in Philadelphia. [6ABC]
•  Gunfire has been concentrated in some of the city’s most disadvantaged pockets this summer. Residents are balancing fear, trauma, and resignation. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]
State funding
• State officials announced $24 million in funding for locals measures to stop gun and group violence. The window to apply is open now through October 15. [governor.pa.gov]
Guns sales
• Federal officials accused a Philadelphia woman of dealing in firearms without a license after buying nearly 20 guns from a store in Warminster. [Bucks County Courier Times
• Nearly 83,000 guns were sold in Pennsylvania last month, down four percent from the previous month and down 26 percent when compared with August, 2020. [The Trace]
Opinions
Philly doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel to reduce homicides
More Criminalization Isn’t the Answer to Gun Violence
Economic harm
• Experts in Chicago say that very shooting prevented not only saves lives but also saves approximately $1 million in policing, health care and related costs. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Consequences
• Wisconsin has seen a dramatic increase in gun-related violence following a 2011 law that made it legal for individual to carry concealed weapons. [Center for American Progress]
• Officials and experts are worried about more violence in Texas now that safety instruction and permits are no longer required to carry guns. [Houston Public Media]
Your country on guns
• Three schools in Tennessee went on lockdown last week after an expectant father fired celebratory gunshots into the air at a gender reveal party. [The Washington Post]
Across the border
• The Mexican government filed a lawsuit against major U.S. arms manufacturers and distributors for damages caused by the illegal flow of guns into the country. [Center for American Progress]
After further review
The evidence for violence interrupters doesn’t support the hype
Save the date
• The 9th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence has been scheduled for December 8 in Washington. [Newtown Action Alliance Foundation]
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