The Truth and The "Culture"
You know its a sad day in Philadelphia when the TrekMedic feels the need to reference the (bird-cage liner) CityPaper for a quote by (pathetic excuse for a police officer) Commissioner Sylvester Johnson:
A 4-year-old girl is shot, he says, and nobody comes forward. A 9-year-old boy is shot, and nobody comes forward. But "the police shoot a guy with a gun in his hand, and everybody comes forward."
But remember, folks, its all part of that urban "culture:"But others, he says, "just shut us out." There is, of course, the stop-snitchin' culture working against the police — people decline to cooperate with the cops out of fear, and out of a sense that cops are outsiders. But there's a more personal tension, too. If you walk the streets of the district and talk to people, many will describe the cops as malicious aggressors who will "jump out" on you for no reason, search you without cause and generally abuse their badge. The cops are viewed as a danger.
So, gentle readers, do we ban the guns, or the culture?