Before we start, thanks again to The Other McCain for the Rule Five links, and be sure to catch my latest over at Glibertarians.
Now then: It seems the Big Apple is increasingly full of nasty worms. Excerpt:
Mayor Bill de Blasio is blaming school and business closings for the uptick in violence. This from the man who got the city council to cut $1 billion from the police budget, leading to hundreds of officers being taken off the job.
“It’s almost like a perfect storm,” Alfred Titus Jr., an assistant professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD homicide detective, previously told Fox News. “We had bail reform, then defunding the police, which cut the amount of officers on the streets and the overtime that could be made, and now we have COVID-19.”
Lack of enforcement for minor offenses hasn’t reduced the violence. The number of shootings has doubled since last year and the number of people shot went from 828 during all of 2019 to 1,667 this year through Nov. 15. There were 295 murders in all of 2019. There have been 405 so far this year.
Those are just the raw statistics. It’s what the violence is doing to the quality of life that has many frightened for themselves and their families.
In another incident, a 70-year-old woman was hit in the face by a stray bullet Tuesday afternoon while riding a bus in Brooklyn. Two suspects are being sought.
A pair of parolees with multiple arrests allegedly broke into a home in Queens on Tuesday and held a family hostage during an hours-long standoff with police.
Earlier this month, a 64-year-old woman was robbed at knifepoint in Queens. The suspect violently grabbed her as she was walking and put a knife to her throat. He appeared to flee empty-handed, according to the New York Post.
Part of the problem, of course, is the horse’s ass that the people of New York elected as Mayor. And, of course, part of the problem is the economic crash by all the business shutdowns ordered by that horse’s ass.
Granted New York’s subway system, where several of the incidents described in this article took place, has always been a haven for all manner of lunatics. But things sure seem to be getting worse. Apparently it’s not hard to destroy a major city: Just keep raising taxes, use horrible housing policies to make living space unaffordable, defund law enforcement and shutter the last remaining successful businesses.
For the Bolshevik De Blasio, the question is this: Are these moronic policies intentional, or are they simply the result of incompetence and/or stupidity?