Nine people shot in East New York, five in Red Hook on Monday and those are the ones that were reported. We figure for every incident we hear about, there are several act of gunplay that go unreported, known only to the people who call violent neighborhoods home.
Gun violence was a serious threat to our way of life just a decade ago, but that slowly started to recede over the past ten years.
But the Brooklyn we want people to know, the one that's gets written about in GQ and causes people to declare the borough the coolest place on the planet, is really just two train stops away from the deadly violence.
Our borough that houses wonderful art, culture and music, as well as historic and vibrant neighborhoods, is in a predicament.
Ending “stop and frisk” was a calling card of the new city administration. But to be fair, during the last election nearly every mayoral candidate who had a chance was calling for an end to or a strict modification of the practice.
Many in our city who call themselves “moderate” were convinced that stop and frisk was violating the rights of New Yorkers.
We all heard stories of police going too far. We were all made aware of how police profiled young people or minorities.
Not enough was written about how, for a moment, the culture shifted away from gun use in our city. It is possible to end gun violence again.