“What we need is the W.A.S.A.: The Walking-Around Security Administration.”
While speaking at the U.S Conference of Mayors in Florida last summer, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter compared the human cost of gun violence with the number of lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, when 2977 people were killed.
Nutter cited a list of 13 U.S. cities where a total of 2,981 people were murdered in 2011, including 324 in Philadelphia, adding: “We need to be as safe in our cities; on our streets as we want to be anywhere in the United States or around the world. I want to be safe flying and I want to be safe walking, and that’s what we need to focus on.” Watch the video:
Nutter made similar remarks last spring: Mayor Nutter Delivers Address at 9th Annual Mayor’s Summit on Race, Culture and Human Relations