Shootings Rage Across NYC; Hapless De Blasio Fights Crime by Painting Another Street

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Well, one thing is certain. When NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio leaves City Hall — after being booted out, or otherwise — the hapless mayor will have had plenty of painting experience to lead to a new career.

One thing is certain. If Bill de Blasio is nothing else, he is consistent.

Never mind the shootings that continue to rage across his city. Never mind the ten people who were shot in eight separate incidents across the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan on just Tuesday and Wednesday; Painter Bill was at it again, brandishing his trusty roller and painting another Black Lives Matter mural on an NYC street.

As reported by AMNY, de Blasio’s latest effort was in front of the Family Court on Jamaica Avenue in Queens on Thursday afternoon. And what a proud painter de Blasio was of the effort:

“We do this to send a message to the city and the whole country — a lot of us were there at Trump Tower and gave a message to someone (Donald Trump, of course) who really needs to get it. Now we are sending a message here in Queens and thank all those who worked so hard to bring justice and fairness. We know there is much more work to be done — and we knew when we started this that this was not an end unto itself – it’s a beginning.”

“A beginning?” A beginning of what? An end to the shootings, or running out of yellow paint? As Rush Limbaugh says, liberalism is about symbolism over substance. Always has been. Always will be.

When de Blasio isn’t painting streets, you can most likely find him criticizing messenger after messenger who deliver facts — liberals loathe facts — that debunk his ridiculous claim that a COVID-related court shutdown is most responsible for this summer’s surge in shootings in the city, as reported by the New York Post:

Hizzoner once again attacked the messenger Thursday rather than address a new Post article that found firearms cases are going through the criminal justice system at the same rate as last year — refuting his claims that a coronavirus-related court shutdown is most responsible for this summer’s surge in shootings.

“I have not seen The Post article and I don’t always get accuracy from that publication,” de Blasio sniffed during a virtual City Hall press briefing when asked about the damning piece by a Wall Street Journal reporter.

In December 2019, there were 2,285 open gun cases in Gotham with 13 percent of suspects awaiting trial, according to the Post analysis based on NYPD and court data. In July 2020, the courts had 2,181 open firearms cases and 10 percent in lockup — or 104 fewer pending gun cases, the data shows.

There were also more gun and murder arraignments from April to June compared to October through December last year, with 819 over the three-month period this year compared to 642 last year, court data shows.

New York Post: 1, Hapless Mayor: 0. Final score. Thanks for playing.

As one might expect, de Blasio sees it differently. “Anyone can try and manipulate a statistic,” he said. Except for him, apparently.

In a separate statement, the mayor says he going to keep on keepin’ on:

“It was exactly the right thing to do to paint that mural and we’re going to keep sending that message constantly that Black Lives Matter in New York City. They need to matter all over the country. That has nothing to do with the stimulus.”

Not to nitpick, mayor, but can you please share with us how painting streets all over NYC helps black lives matter? In a concrete way? How it helps ten people from getting shot over a two-day period, while you run around town pontificating about how important their lives are? Please.


As I wrote in early July, de Blasio’s most famous artistic effort came on July 9, when he participated in painting “Black Lives Matter” on Fifth Avenue, directly in front of Trump Tower. (See: “petty”)

Of his effort, de Blasio said: “Our city isn’t just painting the words on Fifth Avenue. We’re committed to the meaning of the message.”

Uh-huh. Except for the growing list of black New Yorkers who are shot by other black New Yorkers on a daily basis, you mean, right?

As you might recall, that de Blasio effort was preceded by a testy exchange with Donald Trump, after the mayor first announced that he intended to paint the mural in front of Trump Tower.

And so it goes, New York City.

The hapless, BLM-affirming mayor will continue to fight violent black-on-black crime in the streets of New York City the only way he knows: by painting hollow words — results speak louder that slogans, Mr. Mayor — on those streets, as the crime wave continues, unabated.