New York City is seeing a continued increase in gun violence in the aftermath of law enforcement budget cuts and widespread police reform protests, with 15 shootings taking place in a 15-hour time span Saturday afternoon and into the night, according to the New York Post.
The incidents left one man critically injured after he was shot in the head while sitting in his car and added to the week’s total of 43 shootings, which was triple the number from the same time period last year.
Bystanders to one shooting initially believed the sounds of gunfire were fireworks until someone started screaming, the Post reported.
Some of the violence stemmed from fights, while other incidents appeared to be random shootings of individuals who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, according to reports in the Post.
Policy changes blamed
According to the Post, NYC Police Commissioner Dermot Shea attributed the uptick in violence to police and bail reform measures recently enacted, which have enabled many of those arrested to be back out on the street within hours or days.
While bail reform was intended to apply only to non-violent offenders, it seems to have led to at least some instances of violent crimes being committed by those who are released.
An alarming number of prisoners have been also released in recent months to ease jail overcrowding during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Post reported separately.
When the Post looked at these most recent shootings, however, it found that most of the incidents were unrelated to prisoners released because of bail reform or due to COVID-19 concerns.
AOC: People are just hungry
According to Fox News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested in a tweet on Sunday that the rise in violence is due to financial difficulties faced by residents of the Big Apple and their need to get food to eat.
“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,” she said.
Her premise begs the question of what, exactly, shooting someone who is sitting in their car or killing a person with whom you are arguing would have to do with shoplifting a loaf of bread for your family.
As usual, Ocasio-Cortez seems like she’s on another planet with reality nowhere to be found.