PA Bill Number: SB1300
Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, providing for assault weapons and large capacity magazines; and establishing the Firearms and Ammunition ...
Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, providing for assault weapons and large capacity magazines; and establishing the Firearms and Ammunitio ...
Last Action: Referred to JUDICIARY
Last Action Date: Jun 24, 2022
Pennsylvania Self Defense: Philly: Armed home health worker shoots would-be robber :: 01/12/2022
The record-setting levels of violent crime in Philadelphia that were seen in 2021 have spilled over into the new year. On average, there’s been more than one murder a day since January 1st, and on Monday night in Philadelphia four more people were fatally shot, bringing the total number of homicides to 17 in the first 10 days of the year.
With the chaos on city streets, it’s no surprise that more people are choosing to carry a firearm in self-defense, and one man is alive today thanks to the fact that he had a gun of his own when he was targeted by an armed robber just before midnight.
The healthcare worker appears to be unharmed, and the local CBS affiliate reports that he does have a valid carry license, so he isn’t expected to face any charges. The 18-year old suspect, on the other hand, could very well face serious charges, but given D.A. Larry Krasner’s soft-on-crime approach to prosecutions, there’s no guarantee.
The district attorney, who’s been blasted by even his fellow Democrats for his handling of violent criminal cases, was in front of the cameras on Monday and bemoaning the lack of witness cooperation, which he says is hindering his office’s ability to prosecute violent offenders.
While I’m not a fan of stop-and-frisk, I don’t think you can blame the lack of witness cooperation solely on that practice. Part of the problem is the fact that many witnesses are worried about retaliation if they speak out, and they don’t trust the city to keep them safe. Krasner’s local budget for witness protection services was $260,000 last year, and he says his office spent almost half that in just July and August. However, his office also has access to $500,000 in state funds that are supposed to be used for relocation, but one of Krasner’s deputies claims that the state money comes with more strings attached and can’t be spent as freely (take that claim with as much skepticism as you’d like).
I don’t think the real issue is a lack of funds here, but an ideology that elevates the wishes of criminals above their victims. Sadly, with the entrenched one-party rule in Philadelphia that ideological bent isn’t going to change anytime soon, which is all the more reason for the good folks living and working in not-so-great neighborhoods to exercise their right of armed self-defense.
On a related note, Rob Morse from Slow Facts has a great piece on the right to carry that’s worth a read. As Rob notes, for every story like this that makes headlines there are dozens of defensive gun uses every day that go completely unreported.
The tally for 2022 will most certainly include one home healthcare worker from Philadelphia who made it home safely last night instead of ending up in the hospital or the morgue, and just like his life, your life is worth protecting too. Most of us will never become the victim of a violent crime, but it’s not up to us to decide if we’re the target of criminals. Instead, we get to decide how we would respond in that situation, and I’m thankful that more of us are waking up to the fact that our personal safety is an individual responsibility, and not something that can simply be entrusted to the state.