New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio loves referring to his city as the safest big city that this country has to offer. Whether you agree with this assessment or not is another story. One NYPD officer who spoke to the New York Post says that it is time to put this myth to rest for good. The city is about to reach a very grim milestone and it is disturbing to say the least.
New York City has seen at least 1,000 shootings so far this year and 2020 is nowhere near over. This is a dismal trend that has a wide range of contributing factors. Whenever you are crossing these sorts of milestones, there is bound to be more than one reason. City Hall does not seem too concerned and they are paying lip service to these numbers.
New York residents are now fleeing the city in droves. The local U-Haul centers are absolutely overwhelmed with requests. If you are looking to move anytime soon, you may need to take a number. Moving companies have reported that this is one of their busiest summers yet. The city is losing at least 10 people a day to gun violence but the powers that be do not want to do anything about it.
If they actually take the time to acknowledge the problem and address it, this means that they would be admitting that the issue exists in the first place. That’s just not the way this mayor does things. He spreads the blame around to everyone else, in hopes that he will be able to get away with his latest doublespeak. The city is about to eclipse their previous record high for gun violence and it won’t even take the rest of the year.
Do you need additional context for this number? In 2019, the city experienced 772 shootings over the course of the whole year. 2019 was a tough year for the city and it was nothing to write home about. The fact that this year is even worse is causing many New York residents to reassess things. Why would they stay in a city that has made it clear as day that they do not care?
Mayor de Blasio is not about to start changing course now. Meanwhile, there are those who are going to point out the old days of New York City. Gotham used to see thousands of shootings each year before the city has finally cleaned up. The bottom of the barrel has yet to be reached but that does not mean that the city can’t try. There are another four months to go before we have the final numbers.
The police are making the necessary adjustments when they can but their ability to put a stop to the violence has been limited. The same mayor who was claiming that he would strip the police of their funding is now increasing the number of patrolmen on the streets. This is all well and good but the police force has had enough. They are not looking to save the day.
Instead, they are retiring in record numbers. When de Blasio continues to brag about the level of safety in New York City, he leaves out a lot of context. He inherited a city that had already been cleaned up by the people who came before him. Does he ever credit his predecessors? No, he takes all of the credit and expects everyone else to fall in line.
As businesses and residents flee the city like mice escaping a sinking ship, he is going to be hard pressed to explain this away. The trends are now headed in the wrong direction and de Blasio is the man to blame. By the time they are able to elect a brand new mayor that actually cares about the welfare of NYC residents, the city is going to look vastly different than it does today