NY Governor boosts National Guard presence at airports to stop untested travelers from entering state

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ALBANY, NY – Big brother?

Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, once dubbed as being the man that hundreds of women in New York want, recently refused National Guard troops from President Donald Trump.

Many were calling for them in order to control the riots that were occurring in New York City.  He did, however, say he’d send them to pick up trash.

Now, he has had a change of heart, but not to utilize the National Guard troops for what they are intended, security, but rather for ensuring people are adequately COVID tested as people enter into New York airports.

Cuomo said that he will enhance the number of activated National Guard troops in New York airports to ensure that the new testing requirements for travelers are enforced.  In fighting against those that are opponents of the move, you know, freedom and all be damned, he said:

“You should not land if you do not have proof of a negative test upon landing.  I want people to know we’re serious.”

Although, at the face of it, Cuomo, for once in his life has a small point.  Everyone knows that the pandemic is real, however, to what regard it is, is up for debate.  Regardless, no one should travel if they have not done what they can to ensure that they are safe to travel.

But, question here, we realize that common sense does not mean much in New York, but, we think a valid question.  Even if someone has proof of a valid test that shows they are negative, how does that mean that they are not COVID positive when they land? 

Better question, and more to the point, are not people who are asymptomatic less likely to show positive when tested?  And, if that is accurate, God knows it changes daily, how is any proof of a negative test valid?

A look from the Johns Hopkins webpage explains the risk of a false negative:

“These tests have played a critical role in our nation’s response to the pandemic.  But, while they are important, researchers at Johns Hopkins have found that the chance of a false negative result – when a virus is not detected in a person who actually is, or recently has been, infected – is greater than 1 in 5 and, at times, far higher.”

However, as current Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden says, follow the science, is ignored by Cuomo who once again defies logic in his beliefs, and now use of the National Guard. 

He said that people who travel to New York, that do not have a copy of a negative COVID test, which may or may not mean that they are positive, must quarantine for a period of 14 days upon arrival.

The requirement requires that those, even if they have a copy of a negative test, be retested four days after arrival into New York.  If that second test shows negative, they are clear to do whatever they decide, despite what the researchers say.

Now, in cases that New Yorkers travel somewhere, regardless of where, as long as they return within 24 hours, they do not need to have proof of a negative COVID test upon reentry into the state.  They do, however, have to take a test after they return to the state, which again, makes no sense in a proof positive test according to medical researchers.

Cuomo, and current democratic Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, believe that these steps will somehow ensure, despite medical opinions, will keep citizens of New York safe from the pandemic.  Cuomo said:

“We are obviously in a different phase with COVID.  You’re seeing global and national surges that are dramatic.  That’s the new reality of COVID.  The challenge for our state, like other states, is managing the increase.”

And now, instead of utilizing common sense, Cuomo is going to have the National Guard, which is not designed to stop viral threats, work towards ensuring that the people that come into his state show proof that they may, or may not, be infected.  However, he refused to utilize the guard to stop riots in the city of New York…how does any of that make sense?

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In police-defunded NYC, gun-related crime, arrests and shootings continue to explode

November 6, 2020

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Compared to October of 2019, gun arrests exploded to more than 102% this October, and shootings skyrocketed 121%.

According to the New York Police Department’s crime statistics for October 2020, there were 137 shootings and 502 gun arrests in the five boroughs of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. 

New York City has been an unfortunate example of what happens when businesses are restricted, people’s movements are restricted, activities that normally reduce stress and encourage happiness are all but gone, and the legal system appears to favor criminals. 

There is no doubt that the city and New York state’s lax bail policies have returned criminals to the streets in record time, and usually without a cash bod involved. 

 

Year-to-date, there have been 1,299 shootings, a 93.9% increase over shootings at this point last year.  Gun arrests year-to-date show a 15% increase in the total number.

Other crimes also continue to spike in New York, with burglaries up 32.2%, auto thefts up 78.7%, and the only decline was the murder rate, which was down to 35 this October compared to 36 last October.

There have been at least 24 declared COVID-19 hate crimes, primarily involving Asian victims.

 

New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea explained that in September, New York City broke a 25-year record on the number of gun-related arrests:

“I look at that two ways. It’s good that we got them off the street but it’s bad that people are carrying them.”

The majority of the arrests were in the borough of Brooklyn.  The rise in gun-related arrests mirrors the rise in violent crime, which makes sense. 

 

As a part of a push to keeps guns off the street to curb the explosive number of shootings in the city, Federal prosecutors busted 10 Brooklyn felons on gun possession charges over a three-day period.

US Attorney Seth DuCharme announced the effort to curb crime:

“The one tried and true way to reduce the rapid spike in gun violence we’ve experienced in Brooklyn this summer is to take the guns out of the hands of repeat offenders and take those offenders off of our streets.”

Five of the 10 arrests occurred around traffic stops. The arrests were part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program bringing together law enforcement from local, state and federal levels to reduce violent crimes.

 

In related news, five people were shot in New York City this past weekend, with one fatality.

An 18-year-old man was shot in the back of the head while inside a building on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near West 155th Street, on the grounds of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Polo Grounds Towers around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. 

He was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A person of interest, described as a friend of the victim, was taken into custody, but he claimed that his friend was playing with the gun when he accidentally shot himself.  As a reminder, he was shot in the back of the head.

In the Bronx, a man was shot during an attempted carjacking.  The Jeep Grand Cherokee driver pinned one of the carjacking suspects to a pole causing serious injuries.  The driver tried to drive off and escape as one of the other suspects fired shots into the vehicle, striking the driver twice.  The victim kept driving and crashed, but pinned a second suspect.

Two other people were shot in Williamsburg area of Brooklyn and in the Arverne district of Queens.

In lower Manhattan, a woman was killed by her husband before he turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder/suicide

It was reported that the woman filed for divorce from her husband and he tried to talk to her, which resulting in an argument.  The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the man died shortly after being transported to the hospital.

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