Philadelphia Mayor: ‘No Level of Distinction’ Between U.S. Gun Crime and Paris Terror Attacks

AP Photo/Matt Rourke
AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Philadelphia, PA

On November 16, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D) suggested there is “no level of distinction” between U.S. gun crime and the terror attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday.

Nutter’s exact words were, “There is really no level of distinction between the violence that goes on, on the streets of America on a daily basis and the episodic acts of international terrorism that also take place — primarily in cities.”

According to the AP, Nutter tried to bolster this equivocation between street crime and terrorism by describing street criminals as “domestic terrorists.” He said domestic terrorists are “criminals that threaten the health, safety and welfare” of Americans here at home. He said, “Domestic terrorism is international terrorism.”

Nutter added:

Citizens around the world feel unsafe because of international terrorists… those same feelings exist for many in (American) communities. These criminals are terrorizing our citizens and that same level of fear of violence, the death of citizens, the destruction of property, are the same. In many cities across the United States of America on a weekend, you very well could have six, eight, [or] 10 people shot.

A couple of important points need to be made here. First, Nutter said these things “after a meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.” This meeting included other mayors from Democrat-run cities like Baltimore and New Orleans. Ironically, it is in these very cities—along with other Democrat-run cities like Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, New York City, and St. Louis—that the street crime Nutter describes is raging.

It seems fair to ask whether decades of Democrat polices have been a contributing factor to the surging violence and mayhem.

Secondly, having “six, eight, [or] 10 people shot” because of gang violence in a city like Chicago over a weekend really isn’t the same thing as having terrorists chanting “Allahu Akbar” while they gun down 130 people and wound 200 more, is it?

There is simply no way to successfully equivocate here and try to somehow prove that the violence plaguing Baltimore or New York City is no different than the violence we saw in Paris on Friday.

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