By: José Niño
According to NBC New York, shootings in New York City have surged by more than 358 percent in 2020, compared to the same timeframe in 2019.
In 2019, there were 12 shootings, while 55 occurred in 2020 in the time periods being compared, according to New York Police Department data that News 4 reported on.
Seventy-four people were wounded in the 55 shootings, with at least 19 being injured in more than a dozen shootings all over the five boroughs on June 20, 2020 alone. Most of the shootings were concentrated in the Bronx, four of them took place in Brooklyn, two in Queens, and one in Manhattan, according to the NYPD.
The survivors’ ages range from 16 to 47. Law enforcement reported that some innocent bystanders were hit by stray gunfire.
On June 19, 2020, at least eight shootings were documented. One of those victims succumbed to his wounds.
NBC New York notes:
The rise in shootings has exceeded a troubling trend that started earlier this year and comes on the heels of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanding an anti-crime plainclothes unit that had focused on stopping people and searching for guns.
None of the violence surging across the nation is occurring in a vacuum.
Chicago witnessed 104 people getting shot, with 14 falling to gunshot wounds, over the weekend. Five of those killed were minors.
Once regarded as one of America’s safest metro areas (largely due to its previously tough-on-crime policies), New York City is quickly destabilizing.
A combination of criminal justice reforms that are soft on violent criminals and constant animus directed towards law enforcement has created a tense environment where police are unable to carry out their most basic duties of maintaining public order. Since the death of George Floyd, there have been stronger calls to defund and even abolish the police.
Although Second Amendment advocates understand that police officers have limits in terms of how effective they can be in stopping crimes, it’s a mistake to believe that undermining them or getting rid of them altogether will provide better outcomes. Law enforcement plays a vital role in maintaining a reasonable baseline of safety.
New York’s already stringent gun control laws, combined with lax on crime reforms, are a nasty cocktail. Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms alluded to one law — the SAFE Act — as one of the pillars of New York’s gun control regime. The law was passed in 2013 and mandated universal background checks for all firearms purchases, broadened the definition of assault weapons, established a state database for handguns, and banned the sale or purchase of magazines holding more than seven rounds of ammunition. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo asserted that the law “stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun.”
This law has evidently had no real effect on reducing crime in New York. According to the NYPD, murders increased by 79 percent in May 2020. Shootings climbed up 64 percent, and burglaries increased by 34 percent in this same month.
With very little options at their disposal, New York City residents and countless other people dwelling in progressive urban centers are now at the mercy of criminals.
The Second Amendment exists for the purpose of self-defense from both tyrannical governments and governments that are derelict in their maintenance of public order. Should the radical left have their way, countless Americans will come face-to-face with the Law of the Jungle.
This is one scenario in which no American would want to be disarmed.
José Niño is a Venezuelan American freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.