WILL BUNCH'S column ("No Time to Retreat," Jan. 26) was filled with so much arrogance and hypocrisy that I don't know where to begin. Let me start with a question - can Bunch really guarantee that no one will be shot walking through some of the city's worst neighborhoods because there has been a drop in violent crime?
Bunch is looking for an "I told you so" moment that will not happen because political parties on retreat do not generally stroll through drug-infested neighborhoods. One more question, is "gun safety" the biggest problem in the Badlands? That is what the column implies when suggesting a conversation topic between a beat cop or a mom and a Republican. Most gun accidents that occur there happen when the intended target is missed and an innocent life is taken or injured.
When then-candidate Donald Trump commented about the risks of the inner city, it appeared as if he and Bunch are on the same page. "Those fires still burn" is the quote coupled with the anecdote that "violent crime is down." Yes, in Philly maybe, but Trump is not president of Philadelphia; violent crime is on the rise in many American cities, most notably Chicago. And major cities have more crime than the suburbs or exurbs – stating that fact and other politically incorrect facts are what got Trump more votes in Pennsylvania than his politically correct challenger.