When Democrats have to talk about cracking down on crime, they invariably pivot over to gun control.
Gun control, unlike locking up the criminals rampaging around American cities, is a popular Dem move because few liberal elites own firearms (though some of their security forces have them), it’s also for the most part a distraction.
The War on Drugs took on a key asset for organized crime. Guns are largely tertiary. Most of the gangland shootings that pump up urban homicide numbers involve clumsy shootouts and drive-bys by black gang members. The problem here isn’t the guns, it’s the gangs.
The same politicians who insist that the war on drugs can never be won insist just as loudly make the opposite argument for guns.
Biden is following that line by trying to talk about guns instead of a massive crime wave caused by police defunding, freeing criminals, and effectively crippling the justice system by ending prosecutions, ending bail, and turning the streets into a war zone.
That doesn’t require guns.
In New York and LA last month we had two murders of women by mentally unstable homeless vagrants with criminal records. They didn’t use guns. And there’s guys like this who commit violent assaults regularly while woke DAs and city governments keep letting him loose.
At 9:20 a.m., the man allegedly came up from behind a 50-year-old woman walking her dog near the northwest corner of the intersection, before slamming his arms into her and punching her in the face, police said. She was transported to Mount Sinai Morningside [St. Lukes] Hospital in stable condition.
The man then fled northbound to 80th and Broadway, where at 9:22 a.m., he allegedly hit another woman in the face, police said. She was also transported to Mount Sinai; her age was not yet available, police said.
As she was making her way across Broadway on the north side of 79th, Doyle saw the man allegedly raise both arms high and then swing them violently down. He then ran up Broadway, with “dilated eyes” and a “gleeful” expression. “He looked like the Joker in Batman,” Doyle said.
Meanwhile, the victim was collapsed on the sidewalk, not moving, with her dog staying near, Doyle said. “There was blood everywhere, her face swole up like a balloon, like a mango was in there.”
Of course he’d been busted for a violent assault the year before.
According to the D.A., in August 2020, Johnson allegedly punched a man, knocking him to the ground; he then allegedly kicked and stomped on the victim’s head and body. The assault-in-the-third-degree charges for this incident are misdemeanors and not eligible for monetary bail; Johnson was released on his own recognizance.
And also of course he was let out again after these assaults.
The man charged in two violent, seemingly random attacks against two women near 79th and Broadway Thursday morning was issued pre-trial release on Friday, according to online court records.
This isn’t a gun control issue. The issue is that New York State and city politicians, including elected prosecutors, decided to stop enforcing chunks of the criminal code, or revised it so that it was meaningless, leading to this kind of nightmare dystopia.
The homicides are just the aftershocks of a much larger crisis.