New York Murderfest Continues; Knife Slayings Up 50%
The NYPD reports that gun slayings were down last year -- but fatal stabbings were up 50 percent. An NYPD spokesman told the Times, "It is hard to say with certainty what accounts for the increase." Not so hard, actually -- New Yorkers are both endlessly resourceful and increasingly stressed, and years of anti-gun fervor on the part of our mayors have made firearms harder to come by, except perhaps for professional criminals. So when the common people snap, they make do with what they've got. We look forward to the inevitable anti-knife legislation, and are practicing for the new era with plastic knives left over from deli lunches. It's not a big transition, since we can no longer afford steak.