Former Municipal Court Judge Jimmie Moore, who is challenging U.S. Rep Bob Brady for the 1st Congressional District seat, has one important item on his agenda.
Bring in the National Guard.
"We’ve had more than a murder a day and local law enforcement is stretched, so we need someone to come in and assist," he said. "Given the rate that we’re losing our citizens, we need some drastic action."
The Old City beating death of Kevin Kless and recent attack of a Penn student in a cab spurred Moore to issue the call. Philadelphia would be the first city to have the National Guard respond without a national disaster, Moore said.
He said that Mayor Michael Nutter's crime plan announced Thursday is a good start, but lacks immediacy. "We need to move very proactively and proactive is to give citizens of Philadelphia the indication that random violence and murders are a top priority."
The National Guard's mere presence would supplement municipal manpower and serve as a deterrent, according to Moore. He's not sure how feasible the idea is, but said it needs to be discussed.
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"We need to consider it because we can’t, as peaceful and law abiding citizens, continue to suffer under this terror. Every day there’s something more and more in terms of violence," he said. "We have to recognize, in terms of people just stopping, it's not going to happen."