Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Answering "The One Question"

WireUpdate reports.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Monday announced that New York City remains the safest big city in America, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report.

The report shows that total crime decreased by 5.1 percent in New York City during 2009, outpacing national trends. Murders fell by 9.9 percent, compared to 7.2 percent nationwide. According to NYPD Compstat data, crime is down an additional 1.5 percent citywide for the first five months of the year when compared to 2009 levels.


Do you think this has nothing to do with the strict gun laws in New York City? Is it just coincidence, then?

Please leave a comment.

6 comments:

  1. mikeb: "Do you think this has nothing to do with the strict gun laws in New York City?"

    Circa 1980, when NYC had record murders and gun crime, NYC had pretty much the SAME strict gun laws.

    Comment?

    mikeb: "Is it just coincidence, then?"

    NYC gun laws did not much change. Perhaps one should look for somethig that DID change?

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  2. Circa 1980, when NYC had record murders and gun crime, NYC had pretty much the SAME strict gun laws.

    Not factually true. First, murders and gun crime peaked in 1990, not 1980. Second, it's not true that gun laws are the same as then.

    But, as so often is the case, it's not so much the law but the enforcement of same. Gunloons often like to point out Mexico has tough gun laws but note gun crime is rampant. The answer to this, of course, is that those laws aren't enforced by a police force that is rife with corruption.

    --JadeGold

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  3. Second, it's not true that gun laws are the same as then.

    NYC's gun control laws have not changed drastically in decades.

    Back up what you say Jade. If you say they're not the same then prove it. It shouldn't be hard, unless of course you're just full of it as usual.

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  4. NYC's gun control laws have not changed drastically in decades.

    Sadly, Mike W. is wrong once again. And if your review the history of NYC's gun laws, you see amny changes in the 1990's. In fact, Rudy Giuliani is on record as championing many of these changes and crowing about the great results.

    Of course, as I sagely noted, it's really so much the legislation (though it certainly plays a part) as the willingness to actually enforce the laws.

    Think about it--Mike W. is excused from this exercise as he is...unequipped. We all know speeding is against the law. Yet, we all have probably exceeeded the speed limit. But we all probably know there are sections of roads where we just won't speed because we know there are frequently speed traps. I know a place where absolutely nobody speeds because there is a speed trap there about 80% of the time.

    It's all about the enforcement.

    --JadeGold

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  5. The answer to this, of course, is that those laws aren't enforced by a police force that is rife with corruption.

    Oh, like Chicago?

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  6. I forgot to link this post to Joe's.

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