Each day brings extra proof that New York’s Raise the Age legislation has been a catastrophe not only for the town and state, however for the younger folks the legislation supposedly protects.
A 17-year-old boy was shot 4 instances Tuesday close to an Upper West Side highschool.
The alleged perp, 19-year-old Cheick Coulibaly, was out on bail for a 2021 armed theft case.
Later that day — in what police say could have been retaliation — an East Harlem taking pictures noticed one other child hit by bullets close to one other college, Harlem Renaissance HS.
These blood-stained tragedies are merely the newest fruit of toxic progressive insurance policies. Gangs seduce ever extra teenagers into lives of violence, realizing full properly that their age serves a defend for actual penalties.
That’s why the number of teen shooters and victims has tripled since 2017 when Raise the Age took impact. Gunfire claimed 36 teen victims over the primary eight months of 2017; the identical interval in 2022 noticed 111.
Meanwhile, the age at which youngsters decide up a gun for the primary time has plummeted from 16-17 to 12-13.
Let that sink in.
Because lefty Dems codified their ethical posturing on policing into state legislation, youngsters are arming themselves as they hit puberty.
Under Raise the Age, teen shooters routinely get handed cookies and juice by our chronically hapless Family Court (the place juvenile circumstances are nearly sure to be tried), then despatched on their merry manner.
Of course teen violence is hovering: It’s not even a shock that alleged perp Coulilbaly was strolling free when he ought to’ve been behind bars.
Raise the Age had a noble sufficient intention: Don’t condemn youngsters who make silly errors to overly harsh jail phrases.
But in follow it’s been an unmitigated catastrophe, creating lethal conditions for the very teams it was supposed to guard.
Yes, there are different components. New York’s COVID insurance policies disrupted social life for 2 years.
The metropolis’s conventional public colleges usually fail to ship for the neediest youngsters. And household constructions and mores have been breaking down for many years.
But Raise the Age is supercharging all these tendencies — and fixing it isn’t even on the table in Albany.
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