Late Tuesday afternoon, Detective Kevin Herlihy was shot in the arm by a career criminal in an intense gunfight in a Harlem subway station. He has since been released from the hospital and is expected to be fine.
Once again: a career criminal.
The career criminal pulled out a .22 caliber pistol and opened fire.
And Mayor Michael Bloomberg goes on to say this:
"...and as long as Federal laws allow guns to flow onto our streets, criminals will be able to get them and Police Officers will be in danger."
I am ashamed to have a Mayor that actually thinks that FEDERAL LAWS allow guns to fill our streets. There is no allowing when they are illegal handguns.
He actually thinks that Washington can do more to prevent these things from happening. Last I checked, Washington couldn't even balance a budget.
“Public safety must be government’s number one priority. We owe that to our citizens, and we owe that to our police officers. And you can be sure that we will continue doing everything possible to convince Washington to live up to that responsibility.”
---Quoted from Michael Bloomberg in New York Magazine on 2/15/12
Here's an idea, Mr. Mayor: Stop spending time in Washington and start spending time on the streets of your City. Been to the South Bronx lately? Then have a little pow-wow with the Police Commissioner and decide to allow cops to use whatever tactics they need to sweep our streets of illegal handguns. Talk to the DA's Office, and tell them to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law: send a message that the NYPD will not be intimidated by thugs, and that the justice system will stop pandering. Tell your judges to consider the victims and not the perps. If you live in an area like the South Bronx, I guarantee your victim has had just as tough of a life as the woebegone criminal. Stop worrying about the Media, and Al Sharpton, and the City Council; how about you allow the NYPD to do its job, and they'll take care of this mess?
Why not? They do anyway.