We've heard of political spin, but only someone as decoupled from reality as left-wing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio could actually try to turn his city's rise in fatal stabbings and slashings as a "positive."
The mayor, who has had a more-than-contentious relationship with his police department, is trying to paint the recent rise in stabbing and slashing incidents across New York as a credit to his success in getting guns off the streets.
"I'm not a criminologist but I can safely say that guns are being taken off the street in an unprecedented way," de Blasio said.
"Some people, unfortunately, are turning to a different weapon."
According to the local Fox affiliate, New York residents are more than a bit concerned about a string of seemingly-random slashing and stabbing attacks occurring on the city's subways. Thus far New York as averaged more than 10 such attacks per day -- per day -- in the first six weeks of 2016, according to the report.
Consider the following details provided in this earlier Fox report from February 24:
...the NYPD had recorded 567 slashing attacks, some 20 percent above the pace set in early 2015. Police and criminologists have identified no single pattern for the slashings, which have plagued the city’s subway system as well as both trendy and tough neighborhoods.
“New York has been shocked by a spate of stabbings and slashings in the subway system,” the Manhattan Institute noted in a new report. “After two decades of lower crime, New Yorkers have gotten used to safe subways, but riders are now being warned to exercise a level of caution that harks back to an earlier era.”
Still, de Blasio pushed that now that there so many fewer guns on the street, NYPD can spend their time assailing criminals armed with knives and razors.
Alas, this is what happens every time a leftist assumes control over a city. Even former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg had the good sense enough to leave in place his predecessor Rudy Giuliani's tough law enforcement programs.
As The Federalist points out in a thorough review of New York mayors and their legacies, under Giuliani:
The results in New York could hardly have been more dramatic – arguably the greatest success story of any domestic public policy initiative of the past half-century. The murder rate dropped by 70% from the high watermark of 2,245 murders in 1990, the worst of the Dinkins years. And the improvements in the crime rate went well beyond the headline homicide rate.
And under Bloomberg:
Bloomberg was by both temperament and circumstance a manager who inherited a City already pointed in the right direction and had the more prosaic task of making it run more efficiently. And for the most part, in the area of law enforcement, he did; the major crime rate continued to plunge to improbably low levels, even through the economic hard times that followed the 2008 financial crisis – rapes down by a third, burglaries dropped in half, car thefts down more than 75%. By 2013, Bloomberg and Ray Kelly (who served as Police Commissioner for the entire duration of Bloomberg’s 12-year tenure) could boast.
Now de Blasio is working to undo decades of hard-won victories against violent crime and regress New York to the cesspool it was in the 1970s and 1980s.