By Abdullah bin Hamid Ali
The following was discussed on the Islamic radio talk show ‘Living Islam’ on WURD 900 AM Philadelphia, PA on March 26, 2007
In 2006, there were 406 reported murders in Philadelphia, PA. That’s at least one murder per day. This year so far, more than 100 people have also been killed. So it seems that Philadelphia is already on its way to try to break last year’s record. Thus far, it appears that local law enforcement agencies haven’t been able to do much to curb the violence likely because of the fact that murders usually happen in the absence of those prepared to do anything to stop them. Local government likely seems to either not know what to do, or not care enough about the surge in killings to brainstorm a broader formula to help effectuate a lasting solution or remedy to this problem. Instead of being just one to point the finger at who is responsible, I feel that the least that a common citizen like me can do to help is to propose an overall approach to mitigating the problem of drug violence in America’s big cities in general and in Philadelphia in particular.