Philadelphia has been rocked by multiple mass acts of violence in the past few days. Why haven’t you heard about it? Because it doesn’t fit the media’s narrative.

 

PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – The streets of Philadelphia have been the site of multiple drive-by mass shootings within the last few days, but the media has remained relatively quiet about it. 

And police are saying gang violence is on the rise…. and while neighbors say the threat is constant and they are sick of it… no one is doing anything to try and change it.

 

Violence erupts

On Sunday evening, shots rang out at the corner of 8th and Clearfield streets as a car drove by a group of young men and opened fire, police say. 

Among those shot was a 14-year-old boy and five young men in their 20’s, according to a report from NBC 10 Philadelphia.

Acting Philadelphia Police Commissioner Christine Coulter held a press briefing where she provided minor details about the incident.

“Very little information on how the shooting occurred,” Coulter said. “We believe the shooters were in a vehicle, pulled up on the location and fired on the street.”

Police converged on the area shortly after the shooting occurred and rushed the six victims to the hospital. Investigators said that the injuries ranged from gunshot wounds to the hand to the shoulder and chest areas.

All of the victims who were shot are in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, according to Coulter.

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Investigators are reviewing security footage from nearby to try and determine who may be responsible for pulling the trigger. 

“Right now we don’t have witnesses other than the people who are the victims and they’re at the hospital being treated,” Coulter said.

There are currently no suspects in custody as of Monday morning. 

This is nearly the exact scenario that unfolded just down the street on Thursday, when authorities say a group of five individuals were gunned down as they hung out in Queen Village.

On that night just before midnight, police say surveillance footage showed a car pulling up to 5th and Carpenter streets. Two men got out of the vehicle and began shooting into a courtyard. As they were shooting, some of the victims drew their own weapons and began returning fire.

Police say that investigators found at least 17 shell casings. Multiple victims between 19 and 57-years-old were shot in the arm and leg but are expected to make a full recovery. 

Residents in the courtyard say they were playing dice when the suspects ran up and began shooting.

 

Too hard on gang members?

Neighbors say the threat is constant and they are sick of it… but no one is doing anything to try and change it.

“No one should have to live the way the people out here have to live around here,” local resident Elizabeth Goda said. “When they shoot, you never know if they’re going to drive-by and thinking you’re watching them.”

The topic of gang violence seems to be curbed in our country right now, as leaders push to soften their stance on crime and instead demonize the police for slapping a label on someone.

Tell that to the officers who repeatedly arrest the same known criminals just to see them right back out on the streets. Returning resident? Justice-involved person?

No. Hardened criminal.

 

And these same young individuals who find themselves consistently going through the system are all too often found dead as a result from the lifestyle.

But why can’t we talk about it? Why are cops around the country literally being told that they’re stopping too many gang members?

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The media

So why isn’t the media making a bigger deal about this? 

A few reasons. For one, most, if not all of these recent shootings have been committed using handguns. But progressive politicians are trying to demonize big scary rifles. These shootings don’t fit their narrative.

Not to mention, by keeping these areas infested with crime and poverty, votes will surely be lodged for those who push for more government oversight and bigger, tax-payer funded programs.

The media loves to frame a certain demographic as the “mass shooter”. It’s the lone wolf, the angry white male who obsesses over violence and plans an act of evil.

While this is admittedly true with some of the more notorious shootings in recent history, cities like Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia are seeing these types of events happening much more consistently… the only difference is the news media isn’t crawling all over it. 

More than 2,000 people have been shot in Chicago so far in 2019.  Let that sink in for a minute.  A city with some of the toughest gun laws in the country…. 2000 shootings.

 

Surely you must have heard all about them though, right? Because as soon as a tragedy occurs, the media is all over it. News stations flocked to a mall in Florida on Sunday because a single person had been shot.

But when thousands of people are being victimized by gang violence and shootings where there are already strict laws in place…. crickets.

 

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