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Civil Liberties, Law and Order, and the Police State in Philly: What Sacrifices are You Willing to Make?
With great timing, I flew into Heathrow Airport on Friday night/Saturday morning. Instead of normal carry-on procedures, I got handed a plastic bag, which I could bring my wallet, my passport, and my keys. And then our little plastic bags were examined by multiple groups of security guards. It was a real pain in the butt, but, of course, everyone accepts it. People have come to understand that when you get on an airplane, you give up certain liberties, and you intrust the FAA or TSA or whomever, is simply doing what they have to do to make you safe.
So, what rights are you willing to give up in Philly? Obviously, it is a different situation, but, as John Baer notes (in a column I think is more on point than his ode to the welfare queen), there is basically a war going on in our City:
This is a rate of carnage not unlike that found in a war zone.
It's almost 200 shootings a month, nearly seven a day.
It's virtually the same rate as that of U.S. wounded in the first seven months of the war in Iraq.
Let me stress that.
Shootings in the streets of Philadelphia occur at a rate comparable to the rate of U.S. soldiers wounded at the start of the war in Iraq.
And the mayor's public response, as far as I can tell, is to say things were worse under former mayors and the city doesn't need help from the National Guard or lots more cops (even though his own police commissioner says so) or the state police.
In a way, I think the numbers are worse than they seem. Why? Because as he notes in particular neighborhoods, shootings are sky rocketing. Yet, in a place like Center City, there is little violence. It is a good example of how we live in ocnstant danger of becoming two cities. One, Center City and its surrounding neighborhoods mixed with Chestnut Hill, W. Mt. Airy, and the Far Northeast, where everyone feels safe. And then, the rest of the City, where shootings have become a way of life.
Anyway, back to my original question: How much are you willing to sacrifice to make Philadelphia safer? As I said, I am not a big supporter of law and order pandering, since it provides no long term solution that attacks the roots causes of crime. But, if the root causes were addressed, to provide a long term fix, what temporary losses would you be willing to deal with?