Thomas Fitzgerald reports from West Philadelphia
Clinton: I'll cut murder rate in big cities by half.
Clinton is done. She closed with the thought, "there is nothing more important than keeping our children alive."
Clinton says non violent offenders should get into diversion programs instead of the criminal justice system - "Give them a job to go to, a school to attend, a group to belong to" - as long as they stay clean. And the feds will fund more drug treatment. "We don't want you to go to jail; we actually want to help you stay out of jail," she said.
Clinton wants to reenact the expired assault weapons ban, removing "weapons of war" from city streets, to trace illegal guns better, and to put 100,000 new officers on the street - with 21st century training.
"We have to find out what works and execute" in fighting crime, Clinton said. "Enough with the speeches, enough with the talking."
Mayor Nutter said Philadelphia and other cities need some "domestic security" and help from the White House to fight crime. "Here in West Philadelphia, we're more worried about al ganster than al Qaeda," he said. "Osama bin Laden and some of those other folks wouldn't last five minutes in West Philadelphia."
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is joined on stage by Mayor Nutter at the Westside YMCA on Chestnut Street near 52nd Street.
It is in the 46th Ward, led by Councilwoman Janie Blackwell, who formally endorsed Barack Obama Wednesday. (She had been a Hillary supporter earlier on but not formally.) Obama is expected to do well April 22 in this heavily African American neighborhood.