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.
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!