New York City, New York – Things are pretty bleak with regard to shootings in New York City that took place over the weekend ending on July 12th when compared to the numbers from 2019. The Big Apple was reported as having 28 shootings within the city over that weekend, when looking back in 2019 – there were only five.
That’s what happens when you release criminals back on the street to reoffend. It appears he was masked and social distancing while attempting to murder another human though! https://t.co/o80ObQaZew
— Dave Holten (@Pscc8082) July 13, 2020
The NYPD confirmed the number of shootings over the past weekend on July 13th, which one of the shootings was even caught on video. While 28 different shootings were reported, it actually resulted in 35 shootings victims.
Of said victims, one was a 1-year-old baby boy who passed away as a result of his injuries.
1-year-old killed, 3 others shot at cookout in New York City: police
Thanks to weak DEMOCRATIC leaders the children killed are adding up fast in NY. So far and all Blasio does is paints sidewalks and Coumo keeps talking about himself! Wake up people.https://t.co/zCtVByG2Lv
— Carol (@Carol96208870) July 13, 2020
As mentioned earlier, one of the shootings that was caught on video took place on July 10th. According to a Twitter posting by the NYPD, the following was noted:
“WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know these guys? On 7/10/20 at approx 7:13 PM, in front of 1144 Bergen St in Brooklyn, the suspects fired multiple rounds at the 28-year-old male victim, striking him in the forearm.”
?WANTED for ASSAULT: Do you know these guys? On 7/10/20 at approx 7:13 PM, in front of 1144 Bergen St in Brooklyn, the suspects fired multiple rounds at the 28-year-old male victim, striking him in the forearm. Any info call or DM @NYPDTips. All calls are anonymous. pic.twitter.com/MpG7KOhUpn
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) July 12, 2020
In the video released by the NYPD, two assailants can be seen firing weapons before running out of the camera’s view.
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According to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, he believes that the uptick in gun crime and overall violence is directly attributed to both COVID inmate releases and also bail reform. But, there was another theory presented by one infamous congresswoman on why crime in NYC is on the rise.
According to the often-bombastic Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the recent uptick in violent crimes within New York City can be attributed to the notion that people “are scared to pay their rent” and “feel like they need to shoplift some bread”.
AOC on increased NYC crime: "Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren't paying their rent & are scared to pay their rent & so they go out & they need to feed their child & they don't have money so… they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry." pic.twitter.com/oHSTWWJZ6a
— The Hill (@thehill) July 12, 2020
When AOC was asked about why crime was exploding in New York City, her response to what has caused an increase in crime is solely based upon economic disparity and record levels of unemployment. While certainly some crimes can be attributed to an economic crisis – what does a family needing “bread” have to do with a surge in murders and shootings?
Because the most concerning increases in crime are of the violent kind, i.e. shootings and murders.
The 30-year-old representative stated the following when examining why she thinks crime is on the rise in the Big Apple:
“Do we think this has to do with the fact that there’s record unemployment in the United States right now? The fact that people are at a level of economic desperation that we have not seen since the Great Recession?”
AOC suggests NYC crime surge due to unemployment, residents who need to 'shoplift some bread'https://t.co/4pmQ2YVQKd
— Willie Colón (@williecolon) July 13, 2020
While AOC is accurate that unemployment numbers are higher than what they peaked at during the recession of 2008, ironically there was a decrease in overall crime during the recession period of 2008-2009.
According to a report published back in 2014 by the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, the following was noted about the recession period seeing a decrease in crime:
“For some criminologists and other observers, the absence of crime increases during the Great Recession simply confirmed their belief that crime has little to do with economic conditions.”
Statistical anomalies aside, AOC continued with her theory during the virtual townhall, stating the following:
“Maybe this has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out, and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.”
AOC thinks shootings in her city have skyrocketed because people are being forced to "shoplift some bread."
I could fact-check the claim, but really she makes the case against herself better than I ever could.https://t.co/dy1Y3kL22i
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 13, 2020
So, if one were to adopt this theory by AOC, then that would mean that the 15 shootings that happened in a 15-hour span in New York City was because people needed to “shoplift some bread or go hungry.” Then there was the Fourth of July weekend in the city that saw 8 people killed and 44 others shot.
Interestingly, none of those reports indicated that people needing to steal bread played a role in the violence. Furthermore, when was the last time a report surfaced where an armed robber demanded someone to “put the sourdough in the bag”?
While there are all sorts of delectable breads (especially ciabatta and potato), it’s safe to say that the increase in crime isn’t linked to pilfering of bread.
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