Murder in Philadelphia; How long before gun owners get penalized?

Police in Philadelphia have arrested two teens in connection with the mid-August murder of track star Kristian Marche outside his home; youths who have been charged as adults and who could not legally be carrying a gun, according to Fox News.


Teen suspects in the slaying of Kristian Marche have been charged as adults. (Screen capture, YouTube, CBS Philly)

Now comes the proverbial $64 question: How long will it be before the gun prohibition lobby or some headline hungry politician suggests a law that will penalize law-abiding adult gun owners as the “solution” to such crimes?

Last year, according to Philadelphia Police Department data, the “City of Brotherly Love” saw more than 300 homicides. In the Marche case, according to published reports, the suspects are 16-year-old Taron Small and 15-year-old Byron Vinson, both taken into custody Wednesday just hours apart. They have been charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons violations, news reports say.

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It is a troubling murder case, because the victim was a local star athlete, highly respected, and on his way to the Pennsylvania State University on a scholarship, according to the local CBS affiliate.

So, what are two teens doing, walking around with a gun? Given enough time, the gun prohibition lobby will figure out a way to blame the gun, and so-called “gun lobby” epitomized by the National Rifle Association. The local NBC affiliate quoted Police Lt. Norman Davenport, who acknowledged, “I wish I could stand here today and say that with the arrest today it will be the end of teen violence in the city … but I don’t think it will. Something needs to be done.”

But what to do? Pennsylvania, like other states, has adopted all kinds of gun control laws. Keystone State lawmakers long ago made murder a crime, but people still keep doing it.
The NBC story noted that this year has so far been tough on teens, with 14 people under the age of 17 killed in the course of more than 70 shootings of minors.

Police have reportedly determined who the trigger man was in this slaying. Given the past history of gun control, every gun owner in Pennsylvania could expect to be somehow held responsible for this.


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