Saturday night’s shooting in Queens, which wounded 10 people, has prompted New York City’s mayoral candidates to weigh in on how to end the gun violence plaguing parts of the five boroughs. The NYPD says so far this year, shootings are up by more than 100 compared to same time in 2020.
The two men hoping to be the next mayor, Democrat Eric Adams and Republican Curtis Sliwa, are campaigning on a platform to change this disturbing trend. The statistics paint a clear picture of the spike in gun violence. There have been at least 898 shooting incidents so far this year, while there were 771 during the same time period last year a 16% increase.