Gun Crisis Reporting Project curtailing operations; will halt daily reporting

The sun sets over West Somerset Street in Kensington, during a six-hour gun violence outbreak last year which left two people dead and six more wounded. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

After publishing every day for more than two and a half years — illuminating the epidemic of gun violence in Philadelphia and seeking solutions — the Gun Crisis Reporting Project will cease daily reporting this Friday, November 7th.

For now, we will continue gathering and analyzing data, participating in community events, and will continue to respond to crime scenes, memorials, and other events when possible. And we plan to keep producing and distributing our free monthly email newsletter.

Meanwhile, we have compiled all of our posts in the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base, which you can also find in the menu at the left of each page, except for previous incident reports, which you can find by searching the site.

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Introducing the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base

This playlist includes 16 past videos with a total running time of 45 minutes, and includes several produced by the Gun Crisis Reporting Project, others in which we collaborated with national and international news organizations, and one lightning talk explaining our mission and strategy.

Over the past few weeks, we have been editing the #GunCrisis Knowledge Base, a compendium containing nearly every #GunCrisis post we have published since launching in March 2012, sorted by category with the exception of incident reports, which now number greater than 1,500. (Use the search window in the left column to search for individual incidents reports.)

<- You can find the Knowledge Base in the left column menu.

Knowledge Base Contents:

Within each category below, the most recent links are at the top of the list.

• The State of Gun Violence in Philadelphia
• Philadelphia Gun Violence in National Context
• Intervention Programs
• Community Response
• Social Media Response
• Leaders
• Feature Reports
• Artists Respond to Gun Violence
• #GunCrisis Monthly Newsletters
• Solution of the Day
• Photojournalism
• Essential #GunCrisis Maps
• #GunCrisis Sandy Hook Reports
• National Incident Summaries
• #GunCrisis Community Participation
• Media coverage of Gun Crisis Reporting Project
• Professional Honors
• Community Honors
#GunCrisis Project Status Reports
#GunCrisis Video Index

A few posts have been omitted to reduce redundancy, and sometimes for linking to external content which is no longer available, but please let us know if you have links which you think we need to repair.

Do Violent Lyrics Make People Violent?

Top photo: Mont Brown says “There was no violence the whole day” when the Astronauts hosted a huge Stop The Violence Festival benefiting the Mothers in Charge Foundation last summer in Southwest Philadelphia, bringing the community together “to show there are ways to interact peacefully.”

Excerpted from Do Violent Lyrics Make People Violent? What is The Impact of Music?

Text by Peak Johnson. Images by Kevin Cook.

In our modern media-saturated world, where violence is regularly portrayed on television, in movies, in video games, in music and readily available anywhere on the Internet, the question of the impact of such messages is open for debate.

Music affects people. That cannot be denied. We would not listen to it if it didn’t. But what are the lasting impressions that it leaves?

A 2006 study conducted by the Prevention Research Center at the Pacific Institute for Research Evaluation found that listening to rap and rock music positively predicted aggressive behavior.

Does violent, misogynistic or slanderous language make such ideas acceptable? Does it encourage us to live a certain lifestyle? Does it glorify the negatives of society?


Photo: Chris Fear of Eat The Turnbuckle says “Music makes you feel. Music activates feelings,” but adds that their stage show is pure entertainment, not life coaching.

Read the full report at jumpphilly.comDo Violent Lyrics Make People Violent? What is The Impact of Music?

Peak Johnson interned with the Gun Crisis Reporting Project in 2012:

Kevin Cook photographs used with permission:

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Posted by Jim MacMillan.