Philadelphia program holds promise in reducing violence

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The city of Philadelphia bills itself as the City of Brotherly Love. Considering the crime rate there, that “brotherly love” thing probably refers more to Cain and Abel than anything else.

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Violent crime is bad there, to say the least.

So, it’s unsurprising that The Trace has looked at it. After all, they’re basically a “journalistic” organization dedicated to pushing gun control.

However, they’re better than a lot of anti-gunners. They’ll at least acknowledge when something other than gun control reduces violence, which brings me back to Philadelphia.

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Honestly, this is good news.

The truth of the matter is that gun control will remain a controversial topic for decades, if not centuries to come. Yet the issue of violence in our cities, such as Philadelphia, is real. We need to find ways to address the problem that we can actually make happen.

What we’re seeing in Philly is just such an example.

There appears to be a clear link between this program and a reduction in so-called gun violence. What I would find interesting, though is the impact on other forms of violent crime, though the study apparently chose only to look at “firearm violence” instead.

Still, the idea makes sense. Get someone the education credentials to move on with life and a job so that crime suddenly doesn’t look too good.

Most people don’t become criminals for the fun of it. Sure, the lifestyle may be glorified in certain segments of American society, but that’s not exactly why many do it. They do it because they don’t think they have any options.

So, they start breaking the law.

Once the law becomes meaningless to you, though, soon all laws lose meaning. Couple that with the need for street cred, and you have a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t matter what city someone lives in, either. It could be Philadelphia or Atlanta or Chicago, some things transcend such things.

I’m glad this program worked and I hope they can find a way to expand it. The promise offered is worth further investment, it seems.

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With that level of reduction, you may well never need to think of gun control again.

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