Sidewalks in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhoods are covered with exuberant chalk designs that get more elaborate as the Covid-19 plague continues to sequester families in their houses. Some of our poorest neighborhoods have additional chalk drawings proliferating along with the city’s 19% increase in murders from last year (and up from 2018 too).

Instead of solving the problem, local politicians are now aiming fire at each other, with uber-progressive District Attorney Larry Krasner taking (often justifiably) most of the incoming. They could be working together to relaunch Philadelphia-appropriate versions of focused deterrence and other anti-violence programs, giving our new police commissioner the tools to implement it. Instead, hospital beds that should be open for coronavirus patients are filled with shooting victims. Way to mangle both plagues.

Editorial cartoons from this week include: