Blue Pennsylvania: Larry Sings the Blues
These emails do not normally concentrate on Philadelphia, but since suburban conservatives like to evoke the name of Larry Krasner as a cautionary tale of what their communities might suffer if Democrats are elected to office, it might be beneficial to bring some balance to the negative press that Krasner has received, such as one troubling article about the DA’s office that appeared in the Inquirer last month. Readers of that article may remember this chart of arrests and convictions for the possession of illegal firearms:
The chart is somewhat deceiving because the left side shows raw numbers while the right side gives percentages based upon those numbers. If we converted the percentages to raw numbers, the chart looks more like this:
Above chart furnished by David Mosenkis
Criminals rarely consult conviction statistics before committing a crime, but their access to firearms undoubtedly is a major contributor to violence. In that regard, Krasner has been the only District Attorney to enforce a city ordinance designed to keep illegal weapons out of the hands of criminals by holding gun owners liable for unreported lost or stolen guns.
We are currently experiencing an increase in violent crime, but it is not because of the number of convictions, diminished prison population or because unscrupulous police officers are for the first time being held accountable for their actions. If you believe that justice and safety are not mutually exclusive issues, please consider volunteering to elect Krasner as the Democratic candidate for District Attorney. You can help by clicking here.