"While murder rates have been falling or have been flat for years in the rest of the country, Philadelphia`s rate has been rising," writes John Lott. "Last year`s murder rate was the highest since 1993, and Philadelphia replaced Chicago, the perennial leader, as the top 10 largest city with the highest murder rate. With 85 murders in the first 88 days of 2005, the city`s murder rate is well ahead of even last year`s. Mayor John Street`s solution? He`s doing little about fixing the city`s declining arrest rates for murder. Instead, he blames the law-abiding citizens who have permits to carry concealed handguns."
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