Talk about misleading. First of all, who is the “you” of whom they speak? Methinks the people shooting and being shot in Manhattan aren’t the kind of people who matter – in the mainstream media scheme of things. Odds are they’re part of the city’s gang/drug trade, which employs (if that’s the right word) tens of thousands of people and generates tens of millions of dollars in revenue. More than that, this seemingly staggering increase in homicides is a [headline grabbing] percentage increase of a small number. Here are the stats . . .
Sixteen people were killed around the borough between the first of the year and Sunday. Over the same period last year, the figure was 11. That’s an increase of about 45 percent.
Shootings in the borough have also soared.
There have been 50 “shooting incidents’’ since Jan. 1, compared with 31 in the same time period in 2014 — an increase of about 38 percent. Some of these “incidents’’ involved more than one victim.
The number of shooting victims nearly doubled, from 33 to 61.
Wait. Not in Manhattan. “Around the borough” (of which there are five). Sigh. Did someone say never let a crisis – however manufactured – go to waste? Yes. Yes they did.
“City Hall better wake up soon,” a police source said. “When murders and shootings go up in Manhattan, everyone is affected,’’ he said, pointing out that crime impacts business, tourism and the city’s economy as a whole.
He said there are a variety of reasons, from the plummeting number of “stop-and-frisks’’ to the fact that the city needs more officers. “The cops’ hands are tied,’’ he said.
Yeah. That’s it. Those are the reasons for the homicide and “gun violence” increase: the law has tied the hands of the NYPD by forcing them to observe the presumption of innocence enshrined in the 5th, 6th, and 14th amendments of the United States Constitution. And 34k officers is nowhere near enough to tackle the Big Apple’s estimated 50k gang members. We need parity! Or . . .
How about the burghers of New York restore their residents’ gun rights? I know that’ll do sweet FA to curb gang-related violence, but it’ll make people feel better. Hey, it worth a shot. So to speak.