New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped up to the microphone. The men gave him the news. He said “You must be joking son. Where did you get those shoes?” In other words, Mayor Mike doesn’t want to discuss the real causes of this weekend’s outbreak of “gun violence” (25 shootings in 48 hours) any more than, say, Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to discuss Chicago’s gang-related ballistic blues (two dead, 24 wounded in the same time period). But an 11-year-old girl got caught in the gangland crossfire so the Big Apple PR department had to get out ye olde “11-year-old girl caught in gangland crossfire” playbook. To be fair, there is a correlation between hot weather and inner city shootings; just as there’s a link between cities with “strict gun laws” and “gun violence.” Once upon a time, New Yorkers could defend themselves through force of arms. They need to go back, Jack, and do it again.