Rising Crime In The City Has Cuomo Grasping At Straws

The recent collapse of the Surfside condo building was a disaster. While there were warning signs, no one could have predicted the tragedy that took the lives of 36 people with 109 still presumed to be missing within the ruble. The 100 car pile-up on a frozen Texas interstate earlier this year was a disaster. Hurricanes, tornados, and earthquakes are emergencies that leave behind destruction and death.

Declarations of a disaster emergency are usually saved for those kinds of major natural disasters and large-scale events. But Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thought this issue in the city was worthy of being declared a "disaster emergency," which would enable him to transfer money around and stuff it into the pockets of those he finds fit.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one,” Cuomo wrote on Twitter. “This declaration will allow us to give the crisis the full attention & resources it deserves.”

New York City was experiencing its lowest crime rates in six decades before seeing a tremendous spike last summer.

The violent crime wave has continued, with shootings up 38% in the first six months of 2021 compared to the same time last year. The spike coincides with the Defund the Police movement’s rise in American politics, as well as general anti-cop sentiment. The political climate has resulted in mass resignations of law enforcement in the city.

“We went from COVID to the epidemic of gun violence,” Cuomo said during his press conference.

Besides redirecting funds, the order will unlock the door for anyone to sue gun manufacturers and sellers by regarding them as a “public nuisance" under the Bloomberg Law.

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