Before I go on, Mayor Jim Kenney keeps urging us to stop calling Philadelphia a Sanctuary City. He made Philadelphia a 4th Amendment City. When you call the cops they don't check you, or witnesses, or bystanders to see if any owe child support, have traffic tickets, missed a signed agreement student loan payment, or expensive bicycles, or jewelry for proof of ownership. Doing so would keep the police busy, and make people far less likely to call the police. During routinely police calls checking immigrant status could even get a security guard in trouble along with the shoplifter.
Rep. White said some of her constituents were worried. But much local immigration is legal Puerto-Ricans fleeing the Island due to the bankruptcy, Oxford Circle with a lot of then, hugs and slightly overlaps the 170th District, Irritated complainants probably don't know one Hispanic from another.
Trump's infrastructure projects, will in part, reward rural supporters. If a desperate Philadelphia shatters with the Gay, Black, and Ecology communities crying Uncle, it won't then pull together demanding something for SEPTA.
Rural Pennsylvania traditionally fights with Philly over Guns, Fracking, Pubic Transit vs Roads and rural Infrastructure, and are upset with Philly's indiscreet, gay nightlife. Philly's priceless historic treasures are likely to be seen as problem documents in the way of efficient Trump-style government. Please everyone, remind people in the 170th House District that if Rep. White makes Philly Detroit-Bankrupt people in the upper northeast will suffer too, and Trump's Infrastructure Projects will defund public transit without a united Philly which she is trying to destroy.
Toomey got away with calling himself a moderate, not a fascist, due to the gun issue, Rep. White makes herself seem less conservative, supporting choice legislation.
My contention is that the Gun issue is one issue Philly can compromise on without destroying its soul. And that there is something contradictory in contending crackdowns build law and order in one area but tolerance does so in another. It is ironic that Mayor Kenny points out immigration crackdowns make usually quiet, mostly law aiding people avoid calling the police, but doesn't note the same with people whose only crime is possessing a gun.
Erika Kulp was terrorized by her boyfriend into buying two guns one supposedly for herself then later finally called to police to stop being beaten thus is considered a criminal with a 5 year minimum. Someone terrorized into participation of an illegal act is somehow no longer considered a victim, but a partner in crime. The Battered Woman’s Movement has pity for one forced into prostitution but not into making a straw purchase.
Michael Coard has an oldie-but-goody article about how too much punishment also spreads gun crime.
Not everyone with an illeal gun deserves jail time
Especially since the Philadelphia FOP endorsed Trump, some police officers might defy orders and give names of immigrants to the Feds. Repeatedly ignoring the chain of command could change then into vigilantes.
I suggest an only a $10 fee not, the current up to $2000 fine for carrying a gun in a Philly park, $50 for reporting it after the fact like right after brandishing it in self-defense and thus reporting it first, and $250 if discovered unreported, if stopped for another reason, wouldn't spread crime and bring more money to the city than the sugar and cigarette taxes.
When looking at Michael Coard's writings you might find his heavy Mumia articles a turn-off. There were two suspicions deaths where corruption was a likely factor. When the Salvation Army Thrift Shop collapsed, the (usually trying to be honest) chief inspector Ronald Wagenhoffer mysteriously committed suicide which prevented less honest people at License and Inspection from going to jail. In the early 1980's the one (reported to be honest cop in the overwhelmingly corrupt 39th District Corruption Scandal, (Google it) of the Philadelphia Police Department was supposedly murdered by Mumia rather than testifying in the pending investigation of the most corrupt police district in the country.
They would have gone to jail sooner and perhaps more if Officer Faulkner didn't die first. While Mumia abu Jamal was bringing federal attention to police-corrupt Philadelphia his brother Billy and brother Billy's partner's Kenneth Freeman's corrupt newsstand was servicing corrupt police. Honest public officials who attempt to refuse to participate in corruption, especially police officers may be in particular danger in the corrupt years to come.
When a police official is shot without warning in a routine traffic stop, the fine print is often that the suspect was facing many years in jail for Parole and/or Probation violation. Violators, perhaps preferring to die, rather than spend the rest of their life in jail. If violating parole in Philadelphia would lead to a last chance with attached camera and 24 hour tracking device, police work would be suddenly safer, maybe noticeably safer, even before Inaugural Day. A camera and tracking device on most, if not all, not violently aggressively pretrial detention would discourage the Feds from trying to bankrupt Philly into compliance.
Philadelphia must compromise somewhere. if not guns, than where? I am hoping that Philadelphia's desperate corner will lead to a creative response, Rather than the end lesson being, “When in a corner Trump must be obeyed”.
Everyone remind Philadelphians living near upper Roosevelt Blvd 170 State House District that if Rep. White destroys Philadelphia they will suffer too.