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The Call Blog: Calls For Peace After 13-Year-Old Caught In Crossfire

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It's been awhile since we've discussed gun violence and our first time since Commissioner Bratton took the reins. It was interesting to hear the callers' opinions on a new police chief, especially the opposite critiques of what we're used to hearing. It used to be complaints over too much stop-and-frisk - now it's too little. I think the solution may be what Borough President Eric Adams and some of our callers suggested, which is implementing "stop and frisk" in your home, so these guns never get to the streets in the first place.



A rally is being held tonight in East Flatbush, Brooklyn to call for an end to gun violence in New York City. Residents are coming together as detectives search for a gunman who opened fire on Flatbush Avenue yesterday, striking an innocent 13-year-old boy in the head and leaving him seriously injured.

The shooting comes as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton's crime-fighting strategies are taking hold. Bratton wants more enforcement of minor infractions to prevent low-level criminals from committing more violent crimes. In addition, he's working to reduce the number of streets stops and increase sensitivity training for officers. Crime is down slightly in the first three months of the year.

What's your reaction to the shooting in East Flatbush? What ideas do you have to reduce gun violence in New York City? Have you noticed a drop in stop-and-frisk incidents during Commissioner Bratton's tenure? Do you support a crackdown on minor infractions like fare evasion and graffiti?

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We don't have a police commissioner; Bratton is only interested in being a politician. If he doesn't swing left like the Mayor, he will lose his job.

First warm weekend and Brooklyn looks like the wild west. It is going to be a bad summer.

Kate
Midtown East



The kids should have someplace to go that's safe like a library since they're off from school this week, gun violence have to stop to many young people are getting hurt. I support a crack down on fare evaders because they're taking money away from the MTA that money could be used to give my buddies new and fair contracts because they keep our city moving. Comissoner Bratton is doing a awesome job keeping our city safe he have to find a way to stop the people bringing in the guns up I-95 to our city

Herman
Upper West Side



We've gone down this road before and have succeeded to no avail at all.
Unfortunately we here of this same scenario over and over again.
The so called low level crimes being committed are serious because they do lead
to much more serious ones down the road.
It’s very disheartening for those of us that live in the five boroughs to continue to hear about
another young person being struck down again with some sort of weapon.

[ I STILL FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF THESE
JUVENILES ]

With so many politicians in this city they just come out for the ops and then we are back to
square one once again.

Maxxiee
Morris Park


The best way to reduce crime is to reduce the number of human actions that are defined as criminal. For example, legalize drugs and there will be no drug crimes. And Riker's Island will be relieved of hundreds of drug criminals thus saving millions of dollars.

Unfortunately, in today's political environment, every human action in one context or another is defined by the government as criminal. This is pure fascism.

Joe
Port Richmond



One way to make our streets safer is by bringing back stop and frisk because it has helped keep guns off our streets. We also need stronger gun control on a national level.

Alison
Midtown East



These teenagers who do not have access to education but have access to plenty of illegal firearms are running amuck. Running down the street welding a gun and shooting innocent bystanders is not to be tolerated. It's bad enough that they kill each other, but need to leave innocent people out of their stupid disputes over drug dealing territory and other nonsense. That shirt that he had on was unique and someone knows who he is and needs to speak up. Let's stop paying for prisons and spend money educating young black men and giving them a reason to be productive instead of destructive.

Audrey
Clinton Hill



THEY SAY THE PARENTS HAVE TO DO THEIR PART TO MAKE SURE THEIR CHILDREN DON'T HAVE WEAPONS....HOW DO YOU THINK THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN ..WHEN SOME PARENTS ARE JUST AS THUGGED OUT AS THEIR CHILDREN...I'VE SEEN GANG MEMBERS FILTERING DOWN THIS WAY OF LIFE TO THEIR CHILDREN AS SOON AS THEY LEARN HOW TO WALK AND TALK....YET , AS SOON AS SOMETHING HAPPENS...THE FIRST THING THAT COMES OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS IS....NOT MY CHILD!!!

McGriff
Brooklyn



I was in that area when it happened and there were a lot of people outside the scene looking and discussing the incident. I am disgusted with people who won't tell, when they know the ones who have the guns, they know who the bad seeds are.... but Not until one of their own family or close friends gets shot will they then want to seek justice and the help of the police. No One is going to care about people who don't care enough to take care of themselves.

Terri
Harlem



I think the NYPD should stop and frisk everyone in high crime areas. I wouldn't mind if they frisked me for the safety of the overall public. The only people that are against stop and frisk are the same people that have something to hide.

Ben



Matt is absolutely correct, soon we will no longer have a proactive police department, once their actions & performances are negatively scrutinized, and they are reprimanded for their heroic decisions. Much like New York City Correction has been broken, allowing inmate violence to skyrocket to record breaking numbers, because far too many Correction Officers have all ready suffered departmental, and criminal charges, for proactively doing their jobs, which has now resulted in Correctional Staff doing nothing to maintain order because they do not want to suffer similar punitive treatment.

CPM



Your first caller stated that some councilmembers don't want a proactive police dept. And now community members are saying police not doing enough. This is not true. Eric Adams and Jumanne Williams were clearly stating today that the police are doing their job and that parents need to be more proactive.Stop and frisk was being over utilized with poor results.Police were stopping more innocent than criminals.

Dee
Harlem



I am very saddened to hear about the shooting of my student. I am Gama's Math teacher at
Meyer Levin Intermediate School. A very quite and respectful individual. I wish Gama all the best and hope to see him back at school. To his family, no words can bring back Gama's vision,
But we are thankful that he is alive.

Adriana



Criminals need guns to keep their very expensive drugs from being ripped off. Drugs are very expensive because government mandated prohibition severely restricts their distribution. End prohibition and drugs suddenly become cheap, and no longer have to be protected by gun toting thugs.

Michael
Greenpoint



DeBlasio and Bratton will be held accountable for any increase in crime stats. Conversely,they will be credited if numbers are improved. As far as disbanding the intelligence unit,bad call. Political correctness is one thing,overall security for all New Yorkers trump this.

Jack B.
Queens Village



Your first caller stated that some councilmembers don't want a proactive police dept. And now community members are saying police not doing enough. This is not true. Eric Adams and Jumanne Williams were clearly stating today that the police are doing their job and that parents need to be more proactive.Stop and frisk was being over utilized with poor results.Police were stopping more innocent than criminals. We had as many shootings under Bloomberg as now.

Dee
Harlem



Living in New York City is like living in the OK Friggin' Corral. Get the guns of the streets. Throw the perps in jail and throw away the key. We don't want to become another Arizona, Land of the Lawless. The one and only thing that Bloomberg did right was to try to ban guns and to take on the NRA. This is 2014, folks. Wild Bill Hitchcock and Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid are GONE. Get with the fricking' program or get the hell out of town.

Frances
East Village



Giving gun owners a monetary incentive to turn in guns is a nonsensical idea in that it would provide instantaneous money to buy again.

Dominick
Jamaica Hills



There's no drought that illegal is illigal and if guns are illegal why is a license required to get one. There is no license to sell illegal drugs.
We can't have our cake and eat it too.



No way should Jim Crow Stop & Frisk reemerge its ugly head. Shut up Jumaane Williams. You did not solve the death of Jumani Gray. You just moved on. You want the youth to be sensitive when this city did not care about the trauma they faced. This city has been the Tale of 2 cities for a very long time. More helmeted cops is not going to help do anything.

Agnes
Bronx



Cops will never be right. If crime goes up they are to blame, when it goes down people don't like how they did it. The Mayor & P.C. Make the rules cops must follow . But everybody blames cops.

Frank



I'm against stop and frisk but twice a month cops should come out and do surprise stops. It should be strictly for gun seeking, nothing else. Anything else found should be discarded. I think this will work. it should entail a quick pat down and keep it moving. It will be more successful than the old method.

Fordham Hill
The Bronx



It's taken me some time to get over the fright I felt when I saw that video of this guy running and crouching with a gun in his hand in broad daylight! A gun he was using to hunt someone down and kill him/her. This is happening in our sidewalks, midday, when people are out shopping, walking around with their children (no school this week - kids are out and about). It's like a scene from the days of the wild west!

It's so sad and so unfortunate that we have to live...and sometimes, die, like this. My heart goes out to the child in the hospital - he could have been killed; he did wind up with compromised or no vision in his eye for the rest of his life.

The NYPD and the Commissioner must come up with solutions...use stop, question, and frisk judiciously, lawfully, and for the right reasons. Maybe this time it will work.

I'm just heartbroken over the senseless shootings, killings and the taking of innocent lives.

Silvia
Parkchester



It's high time that we take back our community.
crime is a product of many different factors.
Everyone knows who the tugs are in our community.its no secret.
Let's root out those bad weeds.
Let's teach kids proper values in life
Something very important is missing at a social and community level.
Everyone is affected by crime.

Shakeer

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