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Gun Laws

Philadelphia remains one of the most violent cities in the United States, with 380 homicides in 2008 (which is a significant decrease from previous years). Stricter gun laws and police monitoring implemented by Mayor Michael Nutter in 2008 have been challenged by Pennsylvania state legislature—in a largely rural state, the gun lobby is strong and Harrisburg, the state capital, is distanced from the reality of gun violence within Philadelphia.

"You have to make peace. I feel you have to make peace because if you don’t then you’ll be caught up out here with everything else that’s going on around you. You have to learn how to take yourself outta that and keep your own peace ‘cause if not you’re not gonna have any peace. In reality we don’t [have peace]. The only peace we may have is when we are asleep or when we are in our own homes. But then you still have bullets flying through the windows."

"This is where Dante died, right here.  This is a couple feet from the elementary school.  He was shot ten times or more.  I am showing how this is one of the deaths in the neighborhood that we mourned a lot.  I was showing also how it’s not safe by the school."

This is a make-shift memorial for Dante, Whitney's friend who was shot across the street from the Blaine Elementary School.  The school garden is right next to this location.

"We just need some love, that’s all. We just need  to get the love back in the city. This is supposed to be the City of Brotherly Love. This is not. This is the city of kill your brother- Killadelphia is what they call it now."

 

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