Philly is drowning in guns. We need a 20-year blockade. | Opinion

Philly is drowning in guns. We need a 20-year blockade. | Opinion

Rep. Amen Brown holds a photograph showing 80% receiver kits at a gun show at 52nd and Irving Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. on Monday, March 15, 2021. Brown helped convince Eagle Arms Productions, the largest gun show promoter in Pennsylvania, to halt the sale of the kits at gun shows to reduce the spread of "ghost guns."Read more This past 4th of July holiday saw unforgettable trauma throughout the city. In one incident, more than 100 shots rang out at a barbecue in a span of a few seconds. Advocates, elected officials, and even labor unions have worked to address the issue—yet we are well on track to breach 500 homicides by the end of the year. » READ MORE: Black and Latino professionals run through city neighborhoods with a message against gun violence | Helen Ubiñas People are pouring money and energy into the issue. City Council announced $155 million in funding to decrease gun violence , with some support from the state . President Joe Biden has advocated for $900 million to address urban gun violence , and the Obama administration lifted the years-long ban on federal funding for gun violence research. Advocates have asked for the media to do a better job on gun violence reporting, and many journalists and TV news reporters have done so. Trauma surgeons and nurses are relentlessly advocating on behalf of the issue. Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson of South Philadelphia is rallying regularly to draw attention to the problem, alongside community members […]

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