Apparently the NYPD finds most guns outside of the areas where they’re allegedly looking for guns with stop-and-frisk. The NYPD, being the NYPD, has decided that this proves that stop-and-frisk is working because people are carrying guns where there isn’t a heavy police presence!
Guys, have you looked up something called “falsifiablity” lately? I think it’ll really help you not sound like fucking idiots. If you interpret literally every conceivable circumstance to prove that stop-and-frisk is working to prevent gun crime, then you’re not participating in a logical debate, you’re just manipulating the data to prove whatever theory you already had. That’s not on.
Meanwhile, demographic data has been released about the people who get stopped by stop-and-frisk. “I sense something,” you may say. “I think… they will all turn out to be young men of color!” Well, ha ha, you are wrong, while the overwhelming majority of people stopped are black men, people age 14-18 only make up a fifth of the people stopped! The NYPD is A W E S O M E at diversity and not profiling people that they Terry stop!
However, there is something even more hilarious (by hilarious I mean “depressing”) about this data. Last year there were 120,000 stops of black or Hispanic boys age 14-18. There are 177,000 black or Hispanic boys age 14-18 in the entire city. This means, if I did my math correctly, the average black or Hispanic boy age 14-18 will be stopped almost three times (actually about 2.7) in high school. On the other hand, your average white female high school student will be unlucky if she’s stopped once. Nondiscriminatory!
This is necessary, of course, to protect everyone against every black and Hispanic high-school-aged boy, all of whom are carrying guns and shooting basically everything that moves. Facts. White boys never shoot people. (Columbine? What’s a Columbine? Is that a type of flower you’re talking about?) This is definitely not racist and has no negative effects whatsoever. It doesn’t make black and Hispanic boys more likely to be victims of the prison-industrial complex, or remind them that they’re hated by vast portions of Western society, or remind them that they’re not allowed to use the streets, which have to be kept safe for nice friendly white people. Because that would be racist! And the NYPD is never racist.