Philadelphia really seems to want to give Chicago a run for its money among big city shooting galleries (521 dead with three weeks to go). Chicago’s still the reigning champ, of course, but you have to like the contender’s chances given who’s running things and their persistent state of denial they’re living in…at least publicly.
The City of Brotherly Love’s Soros-backed District Attorney just wants to waive off any talk of a crime problem. In fact, he did just that earlier this week. Doing his best Baghdad Bob imitation, D.A. Larry Krasner sputtered . . .
“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” the district attorney told reporters at a Monday press conference. “It’s important that we don’t let this become mushy and bleed into the notion that there is some kind of big spike in crime. There isn’t. There is not a big spike in crime. … There is not a big spike in violent crime. Neither one of these things is true.”
Unfortunately, no one was buying what the “prosecutor” was selling and he’s since had to backtrack. He blamed the whole kerfuffle and all the clearly false information he was spouting on a misunderstanding and a Strother Martinesque failure to communicate.
“I know that some inarticulate things I said earlier this week have offended people. The message conveyed through media sound bites is not at all what I meant,” Krasner said in a statement released Thursday.
For a little perspective on Philadelphia’s crime situation, perhaps D.A. Krasner could ask some of the people who have to live with it every damned day. People like the son of the owner a pizza restaurant who was working the counter with his father last night when a man who had just held up a pharmacy down the street and came in looking for some more loot.
[T]hree men robbed the CVS pharmacy at North Broad and Spring Garden in the Spring Garden section of the city.
Moments later, police say at least one of those men went a block away to rob the Bold Pizza Shop at 15th and Spring Garden.
Employees say the man forcibly reached over the counter and tried to take cash from the register.
A struggle ensued between an employee and the robbery suspect when the offender started to strangle the victim. The victim’s 14-year-old son grabbed a handgun from under the counter and shot the offender one time in the face, police said.
That, as you might imagine, ended the robbery attempt.
Philly’s finest followed a trail of blood and cash to a nearby subway station where they found the wounded suspect. He’s now in critical condition.
We’re sure the pizza store owner and his heroic son were happy to hear from the District Attorney earlier this week that their city doesn’t really have a serious crime problem. For his part, however, Philly’s former mayor didn’t appreciate the gaslighting.
“It takes a certain audacity of ignorance and white privilege to say that right now,” [Former Mayor Michael] Nutter said. “I have to wonder what kind of messed up world of white wokeness Krasner is living in to have so little regard for human lives lost, many of them Black and brown, while he advances his own national profile as a progressive district attorney.”
You apparently have to break few eggs to make a successful “progressive” career.
In the mean time, as gun sales figures continue to show, more people like the Philly pizza restaurant owner and his son are arming themselves as it becomes ever more clear that those who were elected to enforce the law and prosecute those who violate it have little or no interest in doing so.