Street Justice

A very interesting article from today’s Philadelphia Inquirer points out that more than 70% of the 380 people murdered in the City of Brotherly Love last year had criminal records.

Grant Coleman – convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting another man in 1999 – was released from prison Oct. 24 and sent to a halfway house in North Philadelphia.

Eighteen days later, he was shot nine times as he sat in a white Nissan Maxima parked in his old South Philadelphia neighborhood.

There has been no arrest, but police believe it was payback.

“He got the death sentence the street-justice way,” Staff Inspector Jerrold Bates said.

And this interesting statistic:

From Dec. 1 through Jan. 8, 12 of 46 victims – 26 percent – had 10 arrests or more, Homicide Capt. Michael Costello said. One had 23 arrests, and another had 31.

And another:

Last year, of 205 people arrested on murder charges, 161 had at least one previous arrest – 79 percent.

But, of course, if we just had gun control laws, why the bad guys would obey them, and the killing would cease!

11 Comments

  1. How about we try something other than gun control laws?

    Something like what Liberals want to do with drug addicts. Instead of trying to keep addicts off drugs, Liberals actually want to hand out drugs so addicts won’t have to commit crimes to get a fix. Does that make sense to you?

    If so, we could follow the enlightened lead of Liberals and just give guns to the bad guys, but we would also put a bounty on them too, that way bad guys could occupy themselves hunting and shooting each other, and we’d have fewer of them to deal with. How about it? Make sense to you?

  2. Actually, BJ it depends on what the addict is hooked on. You don’t just let a herion addict go cold turkey normally – it can be fatal for one thing.

  3. Psy writes:

    Hey if we outlaw drugs, only criminals will have drugs! Wait…

    Yes, actually. If you have heroin or pot or cocaine, you are a criminal.

  4. “You don’t just let a herion addict go cold turkey normally – it can be fatal for one thing.”

    You may, but I don’t “let” heroin addicts do anything, they’re solely responsible for themselves and their addiction is their problem. I wouldn’t give them the time of day, and if they drop dead on the streets so much the better. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  5. “You don’t just let a herion addict go cold turkey normally – it can be fatal for one thing. ”

    While heroin overdoses are often fatal, sudden withdrawal is not. It’s more like a bad case of the flu. Physiologically, the most dangerous withdrawal is from barbiturates.

    (This Republican was a volunteer EMT for seven years)

  6. Hey, let’s make it easy for criminals to get guns. The assault rifle, even if the cops think it’s a bad idea, but what do they know?

  7. “Hey, let’s make it easy for criminals to get guns. The assault rifle, even if the cops think it’s a bad idea, but what do they know?”

    Again we see what someone calls ‘moonbat’ logic.

    It represents ‘trickle down’ crime control. The theory seems to be that if we make it very difficult for honest folks to have guns, the criminals will be similarly denied access. This approach proved to be a grand failure during prohibition and has not done that well in the ‘war on drugs’.

    The problem with the latter fiasco has been the silly propaganda put out by public officials of both parties. Congress was stampeded by ‘Reefer Madness’ into outlawing cannabis. If the effort spent dealing with a relatively innocuous substance (please, no response about ‘gateway’ drugs; does beer lead to absinthe and grain alcohol?) were diverted into busting meth labs some good might be done.

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