The Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial Board recently posted an editorial on Philadelphia’s gun violence issue citing the December report by the Public Health Department that showed Philadelphia’s high murder rate.

“Regardless of where the city ranks on any given list, it’s clear that gun violence remains a major public health problem in the city – even though overall crime is down.”

The article goes on to point out two large contributing factors of gun violence in the city: poverty and easy access to guns.

“Philadelphia is the poorest big city in America. The city’s poverty rate is 26 percent. More than 400,000 Philadelphians live below the federal poverty line, including 37 percent of children and 43 percent of Latinos, according to a report last year by the Pew Charitable Trust.”

“Crime experts also point to the thousands of guns readily available in the city and across the state, including scores of illegal guns. A 2014 report from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said 8,929 illegal guns were recovered in Pennsylvania. One third of those – 3,187 – were found in Philadelphia.”“Efforts to pass commonsense gun laws have run into fierce opposition in the Republican-controlled legislature. As a result, Pennsylvania received a “C” for the strength of its gun laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

“Efforts to pass commonsense gun laws have run into fierce opposition in the Republican-controlled legislature. As a result, Pennsylvania received a “C” for the strength of its gun laws from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.”

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