A Narrative That Ignores Inconvenient Facts and Basic History

As seen in the Daily News by Juan Gonzalez
In a report released Tuesday, for example, the conservative Manhattan Institute noted that murders were up 11% for the first six months of 2015, compared with last year.
That 11% figure, however, represents only 17 additional homicides — from 145 during the first six months of 2014 to 162 in the same period this year.
Even a single homicide is one too many, but this is hardly a crime wave, especially since de Blasio’s first year in office ended with total murders at a historic low, and given that total felonies continue to drop.
Through Sunday, the number of shootings in the city are down 0.3%. And overall, serious crime is down 4.5%.
Those of us who lived through the 1980s and 1990s in New York remember years when more than 100 people were murdered just in Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct in East New York.
Read Juan Gonzalez’s full editorial [HERE].