PHILADELPHIA (TBEN) – Here in Philadelphia, gun violence continues to take its toll. Trauma centers in all parts of the city are stressed by the increase in the number of gunshot victims.
“We have long recognized that gun violence is a public health crisis. So seeing COVID-19 and increasing gun violence side by side for sure reinforces us that this is a public health crisis and we need to deal with it in the same way, ”said Dr. Amy Goldberg, surgeon. head of the Temple University health system. “Thank goodness there are cures for COVID-19 now, there are treatments, there are vaccines. No cure for gun violence, no vaccine for gun violence. “
Last year nearly 500 people were killed and more than 2,200 were shot dead in Philadelphia.
The only time more people were killed in the city was in 1990.