Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw discusses the epidemic of gun violence on GMA3: What You Need to Know

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw appeared on GMA3 Thursday to speak about the ongoing epidemic of gun violence and the situation residents are grappling with.

Outlaw spoke about the accessibility and availability of guns – particularly ghost guns, which were a big problem in town.

She also highlighted efforts to ensure the violence is not the “norm,” though it has been on a steady rise since 2015.

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“I don’t want us to get comfortable and realize there’s still no sense of urgency behind it. There’s a learned helplessness that we’re beginning to recognize,” she said.

Outlaw reiterated a message we’d heard before, speaking about the need for a concerted effort to combat rising crime.

Philadelphia has seen more than 1,000 shooting victims so far this year, about 200 of whom have been fatal. Outlaw declared nearly 6,000 illegal guns have been removed from Philadelphia streets, but violence continues to mount.

She said one of the most important things to curbing what we’re seeing is solving the ghost gun problem – something behind some of the city’s shootings, including the crowd on South Street earlier this month.

“Knowing there will be serious consequences for carrying a firearm illegally should probably deter me from shooting and then also deter me from the killings that we’ve seen,” she said.

According to our 6abc Data Journalism Team, the number of ghost weapons recovered by Philadelphia police more than quintupled from 2019 to 2021. Last year, 571 ghost guns were taken off the streets.

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