If you own a gun, Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams wants you to put a lock on it. The sheriff said if guns are locked up, a child, or a person who is angry or suicidal, is less likely to harm themselves or someone else.

 

To promote gun safety—and recognize National Night Out, held each year on the first Tuesday evening in August — Williams announced plans by he and City Council members to distribute approximately 500 free gun locks during three National Night Out events around the city last night and tonight, Aug. 2. The location for tonight’s give-away is 32nd and Cumberland streets, 5 p.m. — 8:45 p.m., in cooperation with the Strawberry Mansion Faith-Based Coalition.

“A gun lock is a tool that can be used to keep the public safe, including children and inexperienced gun owners, regardless of whether the weapon is registered or not,” Williams said. “The message is all about gun safety for everyone, and saving lives.”

Williams spoke during an announcement of a Safe Storage initiative Monday morning at Temple University Hospital. Several entities came together, including Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke, City Council Public Safety Chair and Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams, Temple’s Health System and its Cradle to Grave Program, Mothers in Charge, CeaseFirePA, the Father’s Day Rally Committee and the Sheller Family Foundation. Clarke introduced a law earlier this year that requires firearms and ammunition to be locked away, out of reach from minors.

“There are few things more outrageous than the death of a child by her own hands or the hands of a playmate or sibling, simply because adults did not act responsibly and keep guns locked far out of reach,” Clarke said. “Children who die in these entirely preventable tragedies are not the only victims. The children who pulled the trigger and the adults who failed to keep them safe must live with an indescribable shame for the rest of their lives.”

The aim of Safe Storage is to give away free gun locks for gun owners — who have guns legally or illegally — and for them to lock up their guns, especially if they have young children in the home. The event promotes neighborhood engagement, public safety and police and community partnerships.

“Locks work,” said CeaseFirePa Executive Director Shira Goodman, whose organization works with people and communities to stand against gun violence. “Obviously a lock doesn’t work if you don’t lock it up.”

Almost three decades ago, Temple University Hospital’s Dr. Amy Goldberg was a young surgical resident when a 4-year-old boy arrived with gunshot wounds to his upper body and was in cardiac arrest.

“We opened his chest and did our best to reverse the devastation caused by the bullets,” said Goldberg, surgeon-in-chief at Temple University’s Health System. “Well, we were unable to save him. He was shot by his older brother with a gun that was left unattended and unsecured in their home. So many tragedies occurred that day and continue to occur in our neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.”

And again just last week, Goldberg said a 10-year-old girl was shot in North Philadelphia and brought into the hospital.

“Hard to call her lucky after being shot, but she sustained a wound to her arm only and will live,” Goldberg said. “Unfortunately, we here at Temple, as well as the other trauma centers across the city, know far too well the damage that gun violence produces.”

Goldberg continued, “Our patients are killed, left paralyzed from the neck or waist down, unable to walk, breathe on their own or care for themselves. They are left with colostomy wounds that need to be cared for and they are forever changed both physically and mentally, but wounds from guns, guns left unattended, these deaths and injuries can be prevented and must be prevented.”

Councilman Jones, who represents the 4th District, told the audience that he knew of at least 12 or more people who have been shot or killed by guns.

“This gun lock program is essential,” Jones said. “Gun locks add an additional step, an additional thought, an additional action that may prevent someone from doing something that they may regret for the rest of their life.”

Dorothy Johnson-Speight, founder and national executive director of the nonprofit Mothers In Charge, said she knows gun locks isn’t a panacea for gun violence, but acknowledged that it’s a step in the right direction.

“So many lives are being lost today and especially of young children, when they get their hands on guns and there is no lock on them,” said Johnson-Speight, whose son was murdered in 2001. “We want to be out of business; we don’t want mothers to keep coming to our organization because they have to bury their sons and daughters to violence.”

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Written by Ryanne Persinger for the Philadelphia Tribune.

National Night Out is one of my favorite community events.

 This year it has taken on a deeper meaning as neighborhoods across the country join local law enforcement and politicians in conveying a message of unity to promote safety and awareness as major crime fighters.

Considering the recent tumultuous events in Texas, Minnesota and Louisiana, one can easily become cynical and place little faith in the notion that communities and law enforcement officers charged with protecting them, are so far apart they will never come together.

In Philadelphia, however, National Night Out is both serious and festive as sheriff officers, and local and state police alike all participate in an evening of information sharing, shaking hands, music, food and genuinely enjoying the moment.

I expect to see the same on August 2nd as I and several of my officers go from one community event to another on narrow streets, parks, and recreation centers to celebrate and recognize that we are all in this together.

Dwight Eisenhower once said that: “This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.”

As we all pause, and rightly so, to reflect on what is currently happening in our nation, let’s also not forget the struggles and challenges we’ve overcome as a people to get to this point.

No, I don’t expect a tsunami of warmth and forgiveness to flow over the country on August 2nd, but I do anticipate the purpose, dedication, and focus hat comes with National Night Out to be a buttress for the hope and optimism that is the essence of the event.

So, please join me in volunteering some of your time on August 2nd to sit with your neighbors, mingle with local law enforcement, and have conversations that bring us all forward with understanding and patience.

La semana pasada tuve el placer de visitar la Escuela Primaria John F. Hartranft patrocinar un Read-A-Thon con Kinder a 3rdgraders como parte de la Campaña Derecho Libros para el Sistema Escolar de Filadelfia.

Me unieron varios empleados Adjunto del Sheriff y no uniformados que creen como yo que la lectura es una de las herramientas más importantes de alfabetización en nuestro arsenal. La protección de nuestros hijos y la educación de ellos son dos de sus derechos básicos y merecido.

La lectura no sólo permite a nuestros jóvenes para competir en el aula y más allá de años, pero puede ayudarles a explorar mundos desconocidos. A través de libros que puedan descubrir la fantasía, viaje experiencia y conocimientos acerca de las personas que han hecho historia en el mundo de la ciencia, la exploración espacial, el deporte y la música.

Las tres R era el mantra cuando yo estaba creciendo. Recuerdo que tuvimos un montón de libros para elegir. Hoy en día muchas de nuestras aulas y las escuelas no tienen bibliotecas o libros que es lo que nos llevó a la escuela Hartranft.

Queremos ver una biblioteca en cada aula 3 K hasta el grado en las escuelas de Filadelfia con maestros capacitados integral de alfabetización debidamente capacitado para asegurar que nuestros niños reciben un impulso cuando más lo necesitan. Y animo a todos los padres, abuelos, hermana mayor o hermano, cuidador o persona especial para recoger un libro y sentarse y compartir la magia de las palabras con sus pequeños seres.

Te deseo un seguro Día Memorial y deja que sea el comienzo de un verano de la Paz.

La Oficina del Sheriff de Filadelfia se enorgullece de lanzar un nuevo diseño de nuestra página web muy popular. Los anfitriones de sitios en promedio alrededor de 800 visitantes cada día, con un total de 370.000 usuarios únicos ya que el sitio fue lanzado en 2013. Los usuarios pueden obtener información detallada acerca de las propiedades que se venden en Venta Sheriff, crea seminarios para aprender la subasta judicial funciona el proceso, determinar si un acto ha sido presentado en una propiedad, y calcular los gastos legales necesarios para tener un ayudante del sheriff servir a una orden judicial. Incluso hemos proporcionado un video sobre cómo comprar una propiedad en una subasta judicial que ha sido visto por casi 17.000 personas en los últimos 18 meses.

Diseño de respuesta

Hoy estamos orgullosos de volver a poner en marcha nuestro sitio web diseñado de una manera para que sea aún más fácil para los ciudadanos para obtener la información que están buscando. El sitio ha sido rediseñado con un formato de respuesta para proporcionar una experiencia perfecta en todos los dispositivos, por lo que es más fácil y divertido para explorar en un teléfono inteligente, tableta o computadora de escritorio.

Buscar integral

También hemos añadido un motor de búsqueda exhaustiva para encontrar el sitio más fácilmente el contenido de todo el sitio. El sitio se ofrece en Inglés y Español (las dos lenguas más utilizadas por los usuarios de acuerdo a nuestros análisis en línea).

Nueva Web App Características

Estamos encantados de añadir nuevas características a nuestra sección más popular del sitio: La subasta judicial de la aplicación, lo que permite a los usuarios buscar fácilmente para obtener información acerca de las propiedades que se venden como Sheriff venta. Las nuevas características se permitirá a un usuario:

  • Búsqueda de propiedades por código postal o del barrio
  • Ver un historial de venta de cada propiedad para ver las subastas que se ha enumerado en el pasado, y si está programado para ser vendidos en el futuro
  • Ver una lista de los pasivos adeudados en la propiedad para obtener una mejor comprensión de las obligaciones pendientes de pago en la propiedad
  • Descarga aún más la información como una hoja de cálculo, incluyendo los pasivos, para realizar el análisis personalizado
  • utilizar más fácilmente la aplicación en un legado de mano como una tableta o teléfono inteligente
  • Mantenga un registro de las propiedades ya vistos cambiando el color del icono de marcador que representa cada propiedad
  • Ver información adicional sobre el resultado de la subasta, incluyendo la fecha de la venta de una propiedad se ha pospuesto demasiado

¡Más por venir!

La Oficina del Sheriff de Filadelfia se compromete a proporcionar una total transparencia al ofrecer la mayor cantidad de información posible en línea de una manera que es fácil de acceder. Esperamos poder continuar innovando la forma de comunicarse con el público en línea.

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