New York responds to violent weekend while Philadelphia suffers four times over

Police investigate the crime scene on Arrott Street near Penn Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia on Friday May 31, 2013, after a teen was fatally shot.  According to police, they received a call for gunshots at the intersection around 9:40 p.m. and found the victim lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.  Police said the unidentified male was approximately 16 to 19 years-old and was pronounced on scene by medics. A large crowd of neighbors gathered around the perimeter of the crime scene watching police move around the victim's body still lying in Arrott Street.   GunCrisis.org/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Young neighbors watch as police investigate the scene where a teenager was shot to death in the Frankford section of Philadelphia last weekend. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Last weekend, the New York Daily News shouted “Mayhem” when 25 people were shot across the city in 48 hours.

But per capita, almost four times as many people were shot here in Philadelphia, where two people were killed and 14 were wounded during the same period.

If New York City had suffered at that same rate as Philadelphia last weekend, 88 people would have been shot — instead of 25.

On Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the violent weekend during a news conference, according to the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Police Department announced that it was putting more officers in certain neighborhoods “to suppress further violence,” according to the New York Times.

Bloomberg also met with the father of an 11-year-old girl who was paralyzed after she was hit by a stray bullet outside her Brooklyn home Friday, according to nbcnewyork.com and a peace and prayer rally was held in Bedford-Stuyvesant, according to news12.com.

This week in Philadelphia, you could spot city leaders and most of the news media staff, vehicles and other resources at 22nd and Market Streets, at the scene of a building collapse that killed six people and injured 13 Wednesday.

We wish to express our sympathies to the victims and their families and commend our colleagues on outstanding reporting. A great deal of attention has been turned toward the cause of the catastrophe, who should be held responsible, and what the city can do to prevent it from happening again.

But at the same time, very little attention has been paid to the 30 shooting victims reported across Philadelphia so far this week.

We can only imagine the possibilities if the same demand for accountability were applied to the ongoing epidemic of gun violence in our city — as we have seen in New York.

Police investigate the crime scene on Arrott Street near Penn Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia on Friday May 31, 2013, after a teen was fatally shot.  According to police, they received a call for gunshots at the intersection around 9:40 p.m. and found the victim lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.  Police said the unidentified male was approximately 16 to 19 years-old and was pronounced on scene by medics. A large crowd of neighbors gathered around the perimeter of the crime scene watching police move around the victim's body still lying in Arrott Street.   GunCrisis.org/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Neighbors look on as police investigate the scene where a teenager was shot to death in the Frankford section of Philadelphia last weekend. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

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