The Philadelphia mayor on Monday said that gun violence in American cities is “domestic terrorism” and that is no different from international terrorism.
Mayor Michael Nutter told Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of the United States Conference of Mayors in Washington that all people living in this country want to feel safe.
Nutter said, “Domestic terrorism is international terrorism,”adding, “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”.
Nutter defined domestic terrorists as “criminals that threaten the health, safety and welfare” of Americans adding that, “Citizens around the world feel unsafe because of international terrorists, those same feelings exist for many in American communities. In many cities across the United States of America on a weekend, you very well could have six, eight, ten people shot”.
To date Philadelphia has seen two hundred and forty homicides in this year alone, Baltimore hit three hundred.