If you are worried about violence getting out of hand in American, you may be missing a key point. It is true that violent crimes have been steadily declining. Between 1964 and 1991, the rate of violent crime in the United States quadrupled. Then, rates entered a period of steady decline, falling by almost 50 percent.
Philadelphia has a murder problem, which means it has a shooting problem, which means it has a problem with kids. Because I don't care whether we are talking about North Philly, Chicago Heights, East St. Louis or Timbuktu, when it comes to violence, this problem first shows up in kids, particularly early-teen boys.