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Violent crime in Phila. down, killings up
More guns are the problem despite the statistics bull shit......

Quote:Violent crime in Phila. down, killings up; Nutter says numbers 'unacceptable'

Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 4:11 AM

When Mayor Nutter took office in 2008, he set some audacious goals for ending Philadelphia's long run as one of the nation's most violent big cities.

Within two years, homicides had dropped by nearly a quarter and shootings by more than 15 percent.

But the flush of early success has since been tempered by the city's toughest streets, where violent crime has proven once again to be deeply rooted.

Progress in recent years has been more incremental. And with homicides - the most closely watched barometer of crime - ground has been lost.

When 2012 comes to a close, killings will have risen for the third straight year, the highest total in Nutter's five years in office. The count was 337 as of Monday afternoon, up from 324 in 2011.

Aggravated assaults with a gun (more than 2,400) will have stayed the same, while robberies with a gun (more than 3,300) will have dropped slightly from 2011.

There is good news: overall crime is down more than 3 percent this year, and 9 percent since Nutter took office.

And violent crime, despite the uptick in killings, has dropped more than 15 percent from 2007. The number of people injured or killed by gunfire is down 20 percent since then.

Nutter called the numbers "still unacceptable."

"I'm proud of the success, appreciate all the effort," he said. "I think we can do better."

In an interview in his office last week, Nutter was pragmatic about the city's challenges without giving up hope of a paradigm-shifting change on a par with the historic crime drops in New York City and Washington.

"I am the most practical, realistic, yet optimistic person that you're going to find," he said. "This is my hometown. I have no reason to believe . . . that Philadelphians are any more prone to violence than most other Americans."

The experience of other large cities in 2012 has varied. New York and Washington will log their fewest killings in a half-century.

Homicides in Chicago, meanwhile, reached 500 on Friday, a 15 percent increase from last year.

While many factors have played a role in New York's lauded turnaround, Nutter noted that New York state has some of the nation's toughest gun laws.

"The biggest challenge in this city is the overwhelming proliferation and accessibility of guns," he said.

Nutter said he would unveil "thoughts and ideas" in January on how to combat gun violence locally and nationally. Although he refused to elaborate, the mayor, who last week mocked the National Rifle Association on national television, seemed ready to wade again into the gun-control debate.

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Uh, im sure the "turnaround" in NYC is due to the police's ability to literally stop and search anyone they want, just for being on a public street.

I'm sure that pre-empts a lot of crime....and even more liberty.

Author fails to mention that Philadelphia is in a state with very liberal gun laws, while Chicago is the polar opposite. Yet Chicago has 500 homicides.

I've met this miserable excuse for a human. He is a hypocrite of the highest order and is too old to have his mind changed by facts, statistics, reasonable, calm and rational explanations and is unwillingly to address real problems.

Never give up your rights gentlefolk, some people are just too thick to change.
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