"Why can't we just ban guns?" the Philadelphia schoolchildren asked. It only made sense to them, children who raised their hands high when asked if they had lost a loved one to gun violence, who are as familiar with the sound of gunfire as they are the jingle from the ice-cream truck.
This is one of those David vs. Goliath stories -- everybody loves those, right? -- but in this case, David is a tiny Philly homeless advocacy group you've probably never heard of, and Goliath is New York City, because come on, of course it is.
Helen Ubiñas is an award-winning columnist at the Daily News. She is a champion of the little guy (or gal), especially those Philly residents who go unseen and unheard, and a not-so-easily-plucked thorn in the side of city politicians and organizations who forget they serve the public.