PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Nearly a dozen Philadelphia elected officials joined Governor Tom Wolf for a conversation about gun violence on Friday. Frustrated community members and advocates demanded a plan for addressing the issue.
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By contrast, Philadelphia’s gun violence is a chronic problem but, speaking to the Governor, Tamika Borum brought home the point that the victims are often as innocent and random as any school shooting.
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“My three-year-old daughter, Tynirah Borum, was shot in the chest while getting her hair braided on the porch,” she said.
This was a listening session for the Governor, who pledged to devise a plan to address the issue using the suggestions the speakers proposed, which included treating it as a public health crisis with preventive measures such as better schools and comprehensive treatment that includes addressing community trauma in the aftermath.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Winter Storm Could Produce Enough Snow To Crack City’s Top 20 Snow Days
“This cannot go on. We cannot sustain this. And this affects all of us,” said Governor Wolf.