NY Mayor Bill deBlassio says taking guns off streets is driving down crime. Not true – thugs have just found more convenient weapons.
May de Blassio tries to put a positive spin on this, but he’s forgetting one thing – someone with a criminal mentality will always find a weapon.
“Guns are being taken off the street in an unprecedented way. Some people, unfortunately, are turning to a different weapon – thank God, typically a less deadly weapon – but they’re turning to a different weapon,” de Blasio said at a press conference yesterday. “Well, guess what that means. The NYPD will now go get those weapons.”
The NYPD is now trying to take away knives, razors, box cutters, and other instruments used to slash and stab. Since the first of year, officers have confiscated 212 cutting instruments in the subways – a 46 percent increase over last year.
But that still has not stopped the headline-grabbing slashing crimes – as of March 2nd, there have been 645 incidents since Jan. 1, compared with 536 for the same period last year. In the transit system alone, there have been 15 slashings this year, compared to 10 for the same period last year.
In the most recent incident, a 60-year-old man was slashed across the face at the 57th Street and 7th Avenue subway station in Midtown last Friday.
According to a recent poll, 51 percent of New Yorkers said they are now afraid to ride the subway at night. People being interviewed on the street voiced serious concerns:
“Everybody is worried about something random happening to them,” one woman said.
“Box cutters, knives, razors – you put it in your pocket. It doesn’t look like a gun, you can sometimes see the shape of a gun,” said Christine Kuwalas. “These other weapons are convenient.”
(Via CBS News)
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