It’s been a deadly summer in Philadelphia, with gang violence driving up the city’s homicides (there’ve been nearly 250 murders in the city so far this year), but local politicians are still stuck on stupid when it comes to plans to combat the violent crime. City Council President Darrel Clarke and council member Cindy Bass have introduced local legislation that would ban guns from playgrounds and recreation centers in Philadelphia, in hopes that violent criminals will pay more attention to the “no guns allowed” laws than they do with the laws forbidding murder, robbery, and shooting people.
Clarke pointed out that the state prohibits guns in courthouses, which is why City Hall, which houses municipal system and Court of Common Pleas courtrooms, is gun-free.
“What’s different in protecting witnesses, judges, and lawyers as opposed to protecting children?” Clarke said.
Bass said the reaction to the string of high-profile mass shootings across the country makes her optimistic that authorizing legislation can pass.