So New York City ditched their police department’s decades-old “stop and frisk” (a.k.a., Walking While Black) policy. nydailynews.com reports that “the stops have fallen off a statistical cliff — down 92% during the first half of 2014 compared with last year.” So what of all those claims that stopping stop-‘n-frisk would unleash more firearms-related crime (e.g., the Daily News headline above)? “Cops seized nearly 400 guns during stop-and-frisk encounters last year — the lowest tally since 2003, when the NYPD began keeping records of firearm recoveries tied to the controversial tactic” yet “murder and overall crime are both down in the city.” Specifically . . .
The number of murders is down 12.3% citywide — from 211 through mid-August last year to 185 through Sunday, records show. Overall crime has dipped 3.6%.
The ACLU’s happy (“The clear lesson from 12 years of NYPD data is that increasing stop-and-frisk does not increase public safety”) while the S&F apologists are stuck in denial (“Any gun recovered is a gun that could have been used to take a human life”).
The stats indicate a simple truth: gun control doesn’t work. But I guess you already knew that.