Listing those lost

Since beginning last spring, Edward Rhoads of Philadelphia has been compiling a list of those killed with guns in our city, based on information he finds by following media reports, including the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

Rhoads, a retired professor of Chinese history at the University of Texas at Austin, took on the project at the request of the rector of his wife’s church, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill. Each week, Kerbel lights a candle for each gun death in Philly.

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Student tweeting monthly Philadelphia homicide analysis

Tracking Philadelphia gun violence every day has been an exhausting experience — emotionally as well as practically — for the team at the Gun Crisis Reporting Project. So, we find great inspiration when we meet others who are doing the same.

Last month, we discovered Brady Watkins, a 22-year-old Criminal Justice and Political Science Major who will be graduating from Mansfield University in December.

Watkins follows Philadelphia media reports each month, as well as online news archives and court documents. He breaks down homicide reports statistically, looking at the geographic area, time of day, day of the week, gender, race, age, weapon used, and whether the homicide was solved or unsolved.

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Philadelphia has suffered the highest rate of homicide per capita among America’s largest cities for many years. In 2013, more than 80 percent of the people killed in our city were shot to death.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is designed to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to present solutions.

But we need your help.

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Gun Crisis Reporting Project right now. Help us lead the way to ending the cycle of gun violence in Philadelphia.  

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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 jumpphilly.com: 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?

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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: peakjohnson.com

Kevin Cook photographs used with permission: kevincookphoto.com

JUMP is a free, full-color music magazine dedicated to the diverse Philly scene: jumpphilly.com

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With only a couple of minor incidents reported over the past 24 hours, your editor is using today to comb through recently released FBI data from from early 2013, when we saw remarkable reductions in homicide in Philadelphia and across the nation — and trying to figure out what happened.

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Meanwhile, check out more of the ways you can fit the Gun Crisis Reporting Project into your media diet.

We maintain two Twitter accounts:

@GunCrisisNews focuses on the latest incidents reported across the Philadelphia region, including breaking news alerts and other media reports.

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You can keep us in your Facebook feed by liking our page at facebook.com/guncrisis. And we are once again sharing posts on Google+ as well. We also provide a free text alert service for major incidents.

Check our About tab to learn more about GunCrisis.org and click on Recognition to see what others have had to say. Contact us directly via email using info@guncrisis.org, or leave us a message at: (215) 882-9867

If you use a feed reader, you can find us on feedburner.com. We also have a few resources on YouTube and SoundCloud, although we post there less frequently.

You can subscribe to the free GunCrisis Monthly email report by completing the brief form in the right sidebar on our site. You can also listen to police radio traffic in the sidebar.

Please share your ideas to stop the shooting in our community by using the #phillypeaceplan hash tag when communicating on social media.

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Would you like to share your story or suggestions with the #GunCrisis community? Record your message at (215) 839-6121 — and we will post the audio here at GunCrisis.org You can leave your name and number — or keep it anonymous. Let’s solve this problem together.

Click the Solutions tab for reports on efforts to stop the violence, and check our Network tab for opportunities to donate your time or money to organizations working to reduce gun.

And please consider supporting the Gun Crisis Reporting Project directly as well.

The Gun Crisis Reporting Project is an award-winning, independent, nonprofit journalism community striving to illuminate the epidemic of homicide by gunfire in Philadelphia — and to find solutions.

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Surveillance videos: Philadelphia Police seek assistance identifying recent shooting and armed robbery suspects

Storify by #GunCrisis Mon, Nov 18 2013 07:47:39 Surveillance videos: Police seek assistance identifying recent shooting and armed robbery suspects Add to story or collection Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google+ Share on Linkedin Share by email The Philadelphia Police department has been continually releasing more surveillance videos in search of help from…