Saturday, July 15, 2006

Inquirer: Bullets, Bloodshed In 15th Precinct

Philadelphia Inquirer relates epidemic violence.

Karl May, 45, a paralyzed veteran of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, woke up to the sound of more than 20 gunshots in Frankford on Wednesday.

"I thought I was in Desert Storm again," he said as he sat in his wheelchair in his Hawthorne Street home, a few hours after the 5:47 a.m. shooting in the 5200 block of Duffield Street, one block over.

The scene looked like a war zone. There were 21 shell casings from the gun battle. Bullets ripped through three vehicles.

Daily News Recaps Bloody Friday

Philadelphia Daily News replays red Friday.

Cops usually expect the worst of the week's crime to commence Friday nights.

Not so yesterday.

Before many residents had even polished off breakfast, police were busy with seven incidents of death and violence.

Malaise and the Infinite Silence

"I don't know why I'm not hysterical right now." (Lori Knight, mother of shooting victim David J. Knight, 18, 6/13/06)

We accept violence in America. In various instances, we even encourage violence. It is displayed prominently in movies and television programs. Our music is laced with it. Pause for a moment. Try and recall the last day you lived through without hearing one violent word or witnessing one violent image or act.

As a society, we have become numb to violence. In Philadelphia, violence has reached epidemic proportions. There is more than one murder per day.

From behind the glass windows of their offices, the daily bloodshed may not reach or affect city officials. Yet, the bodies being wheeled into emergency rooms and morgues are real. The fact that that the magnitude of this crisis has not been spoken to is both disturbing and typical.

Raymond S.