“On the same day Pennsylvania was voted the No. 4 state for black homicide victimization in the US, the NRA said it filed a lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia over its gun regulations.”
The ranking comes from the Violence Policy Center, which analyzed data from 2012. Pennsylvania’s black homicide rate is far above the national average, and eighty-seven percent of victims were killed with guns. Last week, the state enacted a new law granting individuals and pro-gun groups the standing to sue municipalities over local gun restrictions.
Shira Goodman, executive director of the gun violence prevention group CeaseFirePennsylvania, “said state legislators are bending over backwards to give the NRA special rights that no other organization enjoys and ‘harm[ing] cities that are trying to solve their violence problems.'”
Gun violence is “not just a Philadelphia problem,” she said.