Monday, December 11, 2006


A new record! GO PHILADELPHIA!

A weekend of gunfire that killed three men in Kensington and another in Fairhill pushed the city's 2006 homicide tally beyond last year's total, police said yesterday.

With 21 days remaining in the year, the city has had 384 homicide victims, four more than in all of 2005.

Poor taste humor aside, this is of course really awful. Some of it's drug-related crime and robberies, but a huge chunk of it seems to be people getting pissed off and shooting each other. I'm not especially enamored of harsh gun control laws, but nor am I enamored of the various crazy people who seem to think that if only everyone were armed in self-defense then we'd reach an equilibrium of no killing. If guns weren't so freely available a lot of these murders wouldn't happen.