Notable Quotables on Gun Violence in Philadelphia

Tara Murtha reports for Philadelphia Weekly about a recent panel discussion on gun violence in Philadelphia:

Philadelphia Police recently confiscated these guns. Photo by Tara Murtha.

Philadelphia Police recently confiscated these guns. Photo by Tara Murtha.

Physicians for Social Responsibility hosted a presentation this week at the Friends meetinghouse for approximately 100 community members concerned about the causes and impact of gun violence in Philadelphia. One chilling statistic projected on the wall made clear the scope of the problem: Between 2001 and 2010, 1446 American soldiers were killed in Afghanistan. In the same period of time, 3394 Americans were killed on streets of Philadelphia. Of those, 2770 were killed with guns.

Dr. C. William Schwab, a surgeon who specializes in firearm injury and is the director of two related Penn-based initiatives — the Firearm & Injury Center at Penn and the Trauma Network — discussed the medical realities of shooting victims:

  • “We kill more children with guns in America than all the other combined G-20 countries. That’s a terrible thing to say about we the people of the United States.”
  • “If I want to train someone how to treat gun wounds, I tell them to join the military or come to Philadelphia.”
  • “No training, in the military or not, could have prepared me for…

Read the full post at Philadelphia Weekly: Notable Quotables on Gun Violence in Philadelphia

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

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