New York City is quickly falling into chaos–simply because their most liberal mayor in decades, Bill de Blasio, refuses to do his job in keeping his city safe.
Murders are up nearly 20% in 2015. It’s been on the rise for the past two year–the first time that’s happened in decades. De Blasio only took office in 2013–the uptick in murders began almost exactly when he took office.
Leaders on both sides of the aisles are beginning for the far-Left mayor to do something to stop the sudden uptick of crime in their neighborhoods.
Even Natasha Christopher, the mother of a 14-year-old boy who was shot in the back of the head in Brooklyn, pleaded with the mayor:
“Please do something to save lives,” Christopher said. “There are more children dying. There are parents burying their children when it shouldn’t be happening.”
De Blasio’s latest idea? “Get a lot of guns away from the bad guys.”
Of course, the problem is New York City already has some of the strongest gun laws in the nation.
The bigger culprit is that the far-Left de Blasio has been famously soft on crime. Last year, he cheered on supporters who were later chanting, “What do we want? Dead cops!” And his relationship with NYPD got so frosty in the aftermath that, when he attended a funeral for a murdered NYPD officer, officers turned their backs to him.
De Blasio also controversially stopped NYPD’s “stop, question, and frisk” policy–which gave NYPD the jurisdiction it needed to question people who looked like they were up to no good.
That policy, which was a fixture of the last two decades under Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, was widely credited with helping restore New York City to its former luster. Before Giuliani took office and overhauled how NYPD dealt with crime, even Midtown Manhattan–one of the most expensive neighborhoods in the world these days–was wrought with violence and mayhem.
De Blasio deemed the policy “racist.”
Except now his criticism is coming from leaders in the African-American community too–who are fed up with high crime and no action, no matter how much the mayor sugarcoats it.
Rev. Calvin Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem slammed the mayor for high crime.
“The mayor needs to pay attention,” he said. “…People will organize against him.”