The gun culture of America has always been a centre of criticism because of the recurrent shootings. But this year seems to be worse than previous years in terms of gun violence in NYC.
As of July 14 Tuesday, within 24 hours, 18 people have been killed in NYC. This happened after Sunday night killing of a 1-year-old child.
The 1-year-old was at a cookout at a Brooklyn playground with his family. Following this, Chief Jeffrey Maddrey of the Police Department’s Community Affairs Bureau denounced the killing on Twitter.
He tweeted, “We as a community, we as a police department denounce this disgusting violence. This. Must. STOP!”
The wave of killings
This did not stop here as the day brought the death of 18 people within 24 hours. The worst of these was the case of three drive-by shootings which killed five people.
Following the brutal Sunday night, Monday saw three drive-by shootings within a mile of each other in Brooklyn. In all the three shootings, Police informed, the common element was a white Sedan.
Another shooting took place in East Harlem, killing 17-year-old Lamar J. Gibson in the of Washington Houses.
The same place had previously witnessed the death of a 20-year-old man in a shooting. This incident took place at 3 AM on Williams Avenue near Stanley Avenue.
The response of authority over gun violence
NYC has registered 634 number of shootings this year so far, which is large compared to 394 in 2019.
Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said in an interview on Tuesday, “There has to be a sharper way that involves everyone —the community, involves the leaders, involves making tough decisions and enforcing gun laws.”
Bill de Blasio on Monday said that they would make adjustments to quell gun violence. He said that every aspect of life had been dislocated due to coronavirus, including the court system. “We are not dealing with business as usual.”