“The average prison time doled out to Baltimore’s felony gun offenders doubled in 2011 to more than five years in state institutions from 32 months in 2009, according to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, who released new crime data Tuesday.” baltimoresun.com has more glad tidings. “Federally indicted gun cases were also up 16 percent during the two-year period, and non-fatal shootings were down by the same percentage, her office said. ‘These results are a product of a smart enforcement strategy focused on violent offenders and illegal guns, strong partnerships with communities and state and federal criminal justice agencies, and strategic legislative advocacy,’ Rawlings-Blake said in a statement.” Meanwhile, New York City Mayor and gun grabber extraordinaire Michael Bloomberg is busy shooting his mouth off, defending the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy . . .
Responding to an editorial in the [New York] Times that called Philadelphia’s court-ordered stop-and-frisk policy more enlightened than the Big Apple’s, Bloomberg fired back.
“Why would any rational person want to trade what we have here for the situation in Philadelphia?” Bloomberg told New York TV station NY1. “More murders? Higher crime?”
Bloomberg pointed out that after Philadelphia was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and entered into a consent degree to make changes to the stop-and-frisk policy, murders and other violent crime went up.
“Now, Philadelphia is a great city, but it has the highest murder rate of any of the 10 largest cities in the country, and the number of murders is going up,” he said. “Somehow the Times failed to mention that.” . . .
“I just have to wonder what kind of world they are living in,” Bloomberg said of the Times’ editorial board
Wow. Reading between the lines of this baltimoresun.com story, Mikey is on a major bridge burning jag. The New York Times has supported his gun control agenda through thick and thin. And Bloomie’s shot across the bow of the City of Brotherly Love is sure to wear thin his relationship with Mayors Against Illegal Guns supporter Mayor Michael Nutter [sic]. Or not.
Mayor Nutter said that settlement of the ACLU suit [against Philly’s stop-and-frisk policing] didn’t cause the spike in homicides. “What leads to an increase in crime is people with bad behavior acting like idiots on the street,” he told reporters.
Philadelphia’s had 20 more homicides as of Thursday compared with this time last year, not counting the eight alleged victims of illegal-abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
Nutter, who called himself a friend of Bloomberg’s — they’ve partnered on anti-illegal-gun initiatives — backed New York’s mayor.
“I am here on the ground in Philadelphia,” Nutter told a reporter. “With every respect to the New York Times, they don’t live in Philadelphia.”
I’m so down with that. Let’s put the entire New York Times editorial board in a North Philly housing project for a week. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?