Philadelphia Weekly: VP Biden Talks Gun Violence at Girard College

Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter looks on during Monday's gun safety event at Girard College. Photographs by Tara Murtha.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter looks on during Monday’s gun safety event at Girard College. Photographs by Tara Murtha.

Tara Murtha reported on yesterday’s gun safety roundtable with Vice President Joe Biden and philadlephia officials at Girard College for Philadelphia Weekly:

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ramsey: “We have to move forward.”

Flanked by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Mayor Michael Nutter, Biden noted that his post-Sandy Hook task force, assembled in December to recommend proposals for stemming gun violence, focused on universal background checks, tracking illegal weapons, mandating time frames where gun owners have to report lost or stolen weapons, and limiting magazine size.

“We also discussed … federal resources… in aiding local law enforcement,” said the vice president, mentioning Camden, N.J., where, due to budgetary limitations, the entire city police force is slated to be dismantled this spring and replaced with a countywide force—even though per capita, Camden has a homicide rate four times that of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane attended.

Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams and Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane attended.

Next, Mayor Nutter spoke about local gun crime. “The number one issue for us in Philadelphia is, of course, illegal handguns,” he said, calling for federal funding for more “boots on the ground.” He added that we have to improve background check services by ensuring the state has complete records.

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Editor’s note: This is the second post in a collaboration between Philadelphia Weekly and the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

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