New York City witnessed 15 shootings in 15-hours on Saturday as violence continues to surge in the Big Apple.

On July 1, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city council passed a budget, which included $1 billion cuts from the NYPD.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t blame the cuts. Instead, she blamed unemployment “because struggling residents are forced to shoplift in order to ‘feed their children.'”

NYC Violence

Violence and crime have risen since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis during the last week of May.

People have demanded cities defund the police or disband them.

Mike blogged on June 24 that NYC and other cities have seen a rise in gun violence they haven’t had in decades.

On Saturday, in 15 hours, NYC had 15 shootings:

New York City’s plague of gun crime continued this weekend — with 15 people shot in the same number of hours since midday Saturday, police sources told The Post.

The shootings — including a 21-year-old man left fighting for his life after being shot in the head while sitting in a car in Sheepshead Bay early Sunday — were more in one day than the whole of the same week last year, sources said.

“I had gone to bed early and the next thing I knew I heard two pops out my window that sounded just like fireworks,” a neighbor who identified herself as Lucy said of the Sheepshead Bay shooting.

“Well, I heard plenty of fireworks around here a week ago so I didn’t think anything of it at first until I heard someone screaming,” she said. “The next thing I knew the street was flooded with police lights and ambulance lights.”

In one, a 41-year-old man identified by neighbors as Thomas Gonzalez was shot in the chest in the East Village as at least three people rode up on bicycles — firing a barrage of at least nine shots, sources said.

A neighbor at the Bracetti Plaza on East 4th Street said Gonzales had been visiting family members — and was shot just after 2:30 a.m. as he sat chatting to friends in seats near a kids’ play area.

“He’s a good man. A strong man,” the neighbor said.

Those 15 shootings left NYC with a total of 43 last week. Sources told The New York Post that total tripled last year’s total of 13 during the same time period.

NYPD Chief of Community Affairs Bureau tweeted Monday morning that a shooting killed a baby and injured three others as the family enjoyed “a Sunday night in the Summer.”

The Sergeants Benevolent Association of the NYPD (SBA) tweeted out the stats on Sunday:

The SBA retweeted a tweet from Andrea Catsimatidis, the Manhattan Republican Chair, which noted that the NYPD have not shot anyone in the past two weeks.

The SBA also tweeted that the NYPD can no longer enforce the law because de Blasio “prohibits arrest and encourages attacks, calling it peaceful protests he lies.” They also warned that “[W]hen NYPD retreats the violence will come to YOU the people.”

AOC Ridiculous Response

AOC said during a virtual townhall that unemployment caused the violence:

“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?” she asked.

“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 that night,” AOC hypothesized. “Maybe it’s the fact that unemployment provisions haven’t been given to everyone. Maybe it’s the fact that some people still haven’t gotten their stimulus checks yet.”

Well, maybe de Blasio should allow businesses to reopen so people can get back to work. Oh, wait. I forgot that AOC is a socialist, even though she calls herself a Democratic socialist, so this is a perfect environment for her.


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