New crime statistics released by the New York Police Department indicate that 2015 has seen a rise in both murders and shootings in New York City, findings that directly contradict claims that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act has made people safer.
NY1 reports that during the first two months of the year, there have been 54 documented murders compared with 45 during the same time period last year, an increase of 20%. Additionally, there were 170 reported shooting victims compared with 140 last year, an increase of over 21%.
Further, the Compstat report from the NYPD shows that as of the week ending February 22, murders and shootings are up from two years ago – when the SAFE Act was signed into law. The report shows that the 2-year difference in murders is +4.3%, while shooting incidents have risen 4.5%.
Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, released a statement on the findings:
[The] new statistics … are more proof that gun control … has not made New York City any safer.
“Elected officials from the Governor on down touted the supposed benefits to public safety the SAFE Act would bring,”NYSRPA President Tom King said. “The gun control lobby followed them up with unsubstantiated claims a lazy media did not bother to investigate. Yet when the facts come out disproving their assertions, both the politicians and antigun lobbyists are silent.”
King concluded, “Here’s my suggestion to the New York media: Track down all those SAFE supporters and ask them, in light of the evidence, to justify their position.”
Police union president Ed Mullins last month cited the city’s departure from a stop-and-frisk policy as another reason for increased crime.
Mullins said that police are being handcuffed by the federal court ruling against “stop and frisk,” which makes it significantly easier for criminals to sue police officers over perceived racial profiling.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession