In his much-hyped visit to New York City this past week to meet with new mayor Eric Adams just after the funerals of two police officers murdered in Harlem, President Biden vowed to go after the guns. As if the guns were spontaneously shooting themselves — the same way the Left told us that the crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wis., was attacked “by an SUV,” as if it had not been driven by a violent career criminal, Darrell Brooks.
Biden’s mantra is guns. He’d be better off acquainting himself with a different g-word: gangs. The surge in urban crime, very much including violent crime, has long been driven by gangs.
Biden doesn’t want to talk about gangs for the same reason “progressive prosecutors,” whose rise to big-city power is underwritten by hard-left funding streams, don’t want to prosecute them — they overflow with young African-American males. Other ethnic groups, too, of course, but gangs and what passes for their “culture” influence the black community like no other, to the point that progressives long ago gave up confronting it, then gave up ignoring it, and finally settled on mainstreaming it.
Consistent with that approach, Biden and his party, which controls the Big Apple and other major cities across the nation with an iron political fist, pretend that the real peril is not gangs but guns — unless, of course, the “gang” in question is a police department.
— Andrew McCarthy in Biden’s Crime-Fighting Message Is Stuck on the Wrong G-Word