There’s been a massive surge in gun buying this year. It started when it became clear that COVID-19 was going to become a pandemic and has kept on going thanks to riots and uncertainty about the election. Now, with Biden set to take office, that will further fuel gun purchases in the foreseeable future.
There has also been a surge in violent crime.
Ignorant folks have tried to make the case that the two are related. After all, if you believe more guns mean more crime, then why wouldn’t you think they were related? However, the gun buying surge started months before the violent crime surge began. Further, there’s been no evidence that criminals have taken part in the increased gun sales to any appreciable degree.
No, something else fuels this. I wonder what that could be.
Oh, I don’t know…maybe stuff like this?
Eighty eight percent. Of all inmates who were arrested on gun charges in New York City this year, 88 percent of the 3,793 who were arrested were released due to 1) NYC’s new bail reform law (which eliminated bail for many crimes) and/or 2) the city’s COVID-related jail release policy.
Meanwhile, shootings in The Big Apple are up a whopping 96 percent. It’s all a mystery.
From the New York Post:
“We have made staggering numbers of gun arrests, taking guns off the streets from felons … but when you look, three days later, four days later, those individuals are back on the street committing more gun violence,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Tuesday [December 8th], while announcing shootings have climbed to 1,433 and are on track to reach a 14-year high by the end of 2020. By Thursday, the NYPD had logged an additional 18 shootings, bringing the total to 1,451, the department said.
That’s 1,451 shooting incidents, leaving 1,756 dead or wounded New Yorkers. But does this 96-percent surge in shootings truly have a direct connection to “bail reform” and releasing inmates willy nilly due to the ‘rona?
See, governors all over the country opened the prisons and let thousands of prisoners out early. Oh, some took care to make sure they were non-violent offenders, but not everyone convicted of a non-violent offense is non-violent.
Couple that with the fact that mask mandates make it easier for criminals to escape detection–eyewitnesses are kind of useless when they can’t actually see the person’s face–and you’ve got a recipe for criminal activity. Hell, once upon a time, a guy in a mask would get stopped on general principle. Now, you’re more likely to get stopped on the street if you’re not wearing one.
As if that’s not enough, we’ve got the Soros-inspired push to decriminalize pretty much everything that’s not a felony, something Tucker Carlson took aim at earlier this week, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Look, it’s not all these released inmates that represent a problem. Many of them may well have seen this as an early second chance and are trying to make the most of it. But how many does it really take to create a massive problem in communities all over the country. While the above-quoted story is from New York, inmates were released from pretty much every prison in every state.
We also see an increase in violence in just about every city in every state.
While anti-gunners want to blame the guns, there are much simpler explanations for the violence.