As homicides, shootings explode in police-defunded NYC, Manhattan DA candidates vow not to jail people for gun crimes

MANHATTAN, NY-  If ever there is a story that shows the absolute lunacy of Democratic politicians, this one needs to be near, if not at the top of the list. According to the Wall Street Journal, most of the current candidates running for Manhattan District Attorney are opposed to jailing people for illegal firearms possession.

Think about this for a moment. New York is currently in the middle of what can only be described as an epidemic crime wave, yet those running to be the chief law enforcement official in the city are taking progressive positions on gun crimes. The Journal reported it thusly:

“As New York City grapples with rising violent crime, the Manhattan district attorney candidates are responding with progressive law-enforcement proposals that underscore how different this election is for one of the nation’s top prosecutor jobs.

With few exceptions, they have floated proposals for a gun court to keep young defendants out of jail, partnerships with community-cased organizations and plans to funnel prosecutor resources to assist police in solving cases.”

Such policies would mark a departure from how Mr. Vance and his predecessor, Robert Morgenthau, prosecuted gun cases for four decades. For instance, suspects charged with felony possession of a loaded firearm face a mandatory minimum of 3.5 years in prison.

However, when the accused has a minimal criminal history and didn’t shoot or brandish the weapon, Manhattan prosecutors typically offer a plea to a lesser felony and a two-year prison sentence.

Critics have said the candidates’ alternative approaches may be well-suited for simple possession cases but won’t keep Manhattanites safe.

In 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio created a fast-tracked gun court in Brooklyn, but shootings went up in Brooklyn in 2020.”

The Journal noted that the changes proposed by the candidates seems to fly in the face of crime statistics in New York, which have been exploding.

The paper noted that whoever wins the contest will inherit an office which has seen a 47% increase in homicides last year compared to 2019, rising from 319 to 468. In Manhattan, the rise was even more pronounced, coming in at a 61% increase over 2019.

The rise in homicides was also mirrored in the rise in shootings, which the number of shooting victims doubling in 2020 citywide. In Manhattan, the number increased by 40%, primarily in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color in northern Manhattan.

Police officials blame increased gang activity to the rise in violent crime, as police resources were strained by a number of factors, including the pandemic and riots over the George Floyd death in Minneapolis. The city also experienced a number of police officers either retiring early or quitting altogether in the face of anti-police sentiment across the country.

What makes the position taken by these DA candidates all the more bizarre, aside from the fact that they want to take a hands-off approach to gun crimes, is the fact that the city’s firearm laws are currently under review at the United States Supreme Court.

 

Progressives in New York have been railing against the high court taking the case, claiming it would be a disaster for the city if any of New York’s draconian firearms laws were tossed out.

Yet, we also see many of those same people saying they want to either lighten punishment for violating gun laws or eliminate punishment altogether. As a column in National Review said:

“How can this possibly make any sense? In effect, the people who wish to run New York are arguing that the city ought to have the toughest laws in the nation, but that those laws will not be meaningfully enforced against criminals. Say what you will about the looser firearms laws that obtain in, say, Texas, but at least nobody in that state is suggesting that prohibited persons should be treated leniently.”

Many of the arguments put forth by Second Amendment advocates is that we do not need any more gun laws…just enforce the laws we already have. Honestly, will having 25 laws instead of 20 make a difference if those 20 are not enforced?

So, what then, do firearms laws accomplish? Exactly what the NRA, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the CCDL in Connecticut, and so on have been saying for years. Firearms laws are designed specifically and solely to punish lawful gun owners.

Period.

Because clearly, criminals do not follow the law, and apparently now, or soon, neither will prosecutors in cities such as New York.

As noted in National Review, New York had always seemed to be the exception to the rule, having somewhat vigorously enforced its gun laws across the board.

However, with this new criminal coddling, woke, social justice warrior thinking in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, it will make it pretty obvious that gun control isn’t about safety or protecting the citizens of that borough. It is more about infringing on the second amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.

 No longer will prosecutors in Manhattan be able to make the argument that the lives of New Yorkers are being held in the balance by nine Supreme Court justices in Washington, DC.

Because clearly it isn’t about safety, it’s about politics.

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NEW YORK CITY, NY –  People may lie, but in general, proven statistics don’t. 

Shootings have increased by an unbelievable 92.4% in New York City (the five boroughs of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx) since this time last year.

Breitbart brought us these incredibly sad and disturbing statistics in today’s report.  The New York Police Department has had reports of 1,235 shootings so far in 2020. 

Most assuredly, a virus isn’t out there targeting people and pulling triggers. There is a combination of factors involved here, including city leadership, restricting police actions and proactive enforcement procedures, disrespect of the police by city leadership and the public, and a failed justice system that allows no cash bail in most cases where suspects are immediately released back onto the street when they are arrested.

More statistics: New York City surpassed 1,000 shootings by August 30, 2020. On that date last year, only 537 had occurred. 

Irony rears its head when one realizes that New York exists under the “Safe Act” and is one the most gun-controlled cities in the nation. 

The Safe Act was signed into law in 2012 after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut and bans the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and places restrictions on other weapons, especially relating to ownership, concealed carry permits, and magazine capacity.  

Magazine capacity is generally limited to ten rounds in most cases and applying for a carry permit is nothing short of a nightmare.  Application fees must be paid, and the person must formally establish a need – in writing – to justify being issued a permit. 

Even then, the permits are allocated sparsely on a “may issue” status instead of the “must issue” status or procedure allowed in most other states.

These extreme, draconian factors only serve to exemplify the failures of the gun control movement when New York City records so many shootings and a monumental increase since last year. 

It is easy to surmise that the average criminal on the street, the gang member, the hired gun for neighborhood retribution, and even the casual carrier with a bad attitude don’t obey the rules or laws. 

Guns are sold in alleys and in private homes, many are stolen, and these practices allow the bad guys to easily circumvent the substantial laws and policies in place. 

The fact has been repeated ad nauseum: criminals don’t obey laws, that’s why they’re criminals.

In addition to shootings coupled with resulting murders, crime in general has exploded in the five boroughs.  This is especially true in New York’s subways, where murders have tripled, rapes have doubled, and assaults are through the roof – all while rider numbers are down significantly.

In a report from August, the crime statistics and increases in violent crime are staggering:

Murders have increased by 59%.

Burglaries have increased by 31%.

Auto thefts, including car jackings, have increased by 53%.

It can naturally be assumed that all of these numbers will continue to explode.  There is a breaking point coming that will either completely ruin the city forever, or there will be a correction that will take quite a period of time that may bring crime stats back on track to compare to when Rudy Giuliani was mayor.

Mayor Giuliani, also known as “America’s mayor” after 9-11, instituted several strong policies with the coordination of the New York Police Department.

There is obviously a dire economic impact for the city if the trend continues to spike.  The city revolves around and operates on its tax base. 

Businesses and citizens are leaving the area in droves.  Businesses are closing forever, their buildings likely not to be reused.  Tourism has dropped significantly.  Broadway, Madison Square Garden, and Manhattan attractions like the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have seen visitor numbers drop by more than 90%. 

There is a breaking point coming – it remains to be seen which way that break will go.

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