In what’s believed to be a first in the nation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a “disaster emergency” on Tuesday in regard to gun violence.
Not that National Vice President of the Fraternal Order of Police Joe Gamaldi has any confidence that the order will address the root cause of the problem.
The Democratic governor who did such a poor job handling the COVID-19 outbreak likened his plan to crack down on illegal guns and gangs amid a surge in shootings in the state to the pandemic, an event that gave government authorities at all levels sweeping powers to establish restrictions on the population.
“If you can beat COVID, you can beat gun violence,” Cuomo announced. “We’re in a new epidemic, and it’s gun violence, and it’s a matter of life and death also.”
In a Wednesday appearance on ‘Fox & Friends‘, Gamaldi pointed to policies being implemented by Democratic prosecutors as a significant contributor to the surge in violence.
“Nowhere in the governor’s plan did he actually address what’s driving our violent crime, and that is rogue prosecutors and activist judges who are letting out violent criminals over and over and over again,” he explained.
“A recent study out of Chicago said the people actually pulling the trigger, the gang members, ones that are actually taking the shots, have been arrested an average of 12 times prior to that,” Gamaldi said. “So maybe, just maybe, if we actually prosecuted violent criminals we would be able to get our crime rate down. This ain’t rocket science.”
He astutely pointed out that while Cuomo was declaring an emergency, just last week U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was saying there wasn’t a problem, that it was all “hysteria.”
Today I am issuing an Executive Order declaring a Disaster Emergency on gun violence.
Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one.
This declaration will allow us to give this crisis the full attention & resources it deserves.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 6, 2021
Gamaldi called out Democrats over what he called “textbook gaslighting” on the issue of defunding police, noting that as White House press secretary Jen Psaki talks about efforts to steer money to police, cities like Oakland, Calif., which is seeing a massive jump in homicides, is busy defunding its police department by $18 million.
“Make no bones about it, we know who’s defunding the police in this country and it’s having dire consequences,” he said. “Over the weekend we had 554 people shot, 189 murdered, 30 children were shot in this country over the weekend. Thirty, including we also had four police officers that were shot, and this is just a microcosm of what’s going on.”
In noting that there were over 20,000 homicides in the U.S. last year, Gamaldi said we haven’t seen numbers like this since the mid-90s.
“This historic crime wave is the greatest crisis facing our country right now, but the good news is we can fix it if we absolutely restore the rule of law, which means don’t let the rioters and looters go and not even file charges on them, the union leader said. “If we actually prosecute violent criminals, don’t let them out over and over again and embrace broken windows theories — no letting people walk out of the store with garbage bags full of cosmetics, which is has caused Walgreens to close 17 stores — we can restore order in this country.”
Fox News host Pete Hegseth chimed in to say Democrats will not do so “because they are too beholden to radical elements inside their party.”
He also pointed out that three Chicago police officers were shot Wednesday morning — the undercover officers were reportedly shot while driving onto an expressway.
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