Albany’s recipe for more armed teenagers
Every day brings more proof that New York’s Raise the Age Act has been a disaster not only for the city and state, but also for the young people the law is meant to protect.
A 17-year-old boy was shot four times Tuesday near an Upper West Side high school.
The alleged suspect, Cheick Coulibaly, 19, was out on bail for a 2021 armed robbery case.
Later that day – in what police say was retaliation – a shooting in East Harlem saw another child hit by bullets near another school, Harlem Renaissance HS.
These bloody tragedies are just the latest fruit of poisonous progressive policies. Gangs are seducing more and more teenagers into lives of violence, knowing full well that their age serves as a shield from real consequences.
This is why the number of teen shooters And the number of victims has tripled since 2017, when Raise the Age came into effect. Gunfire killed 36 teenage girls in the first eight months of 2017; the same period in 2022 saw 111.
Meanwhile, the age at which children first pick up a gun has dropped from 16-17 to 12-13.
Let it sink in.
Because leftist Dems have codified their moral posture on policing into state law, children arm themselves when they hit puberty.
As part of Raise the Age, teenage shooters are regularly given cookies and juice by our chronically ill-fated family court (where juvenile cases are almost certain to go to trial) and then sent back on their merry way.
Of course Teenage violence is skyrocketing: It’s not even a surprise that alleged suspect Coulilbaly is walking free when he should have been behind bars.
Raise the Age had a rather noble goal: not to condemn children who make stupid mistakes to too harsh prison sentences.
But in practice, it was an absolute disaster, creating life-threatening situations for the very groups it was meant to protect.
Yes, there are other factors. New York’s COVID policies disrupted social life for two years.
The city’s traditional public schools generally fail to meet the needs of the most needy children. And family structures and mores have broken down for decades.
But Raise the Age amplifies all of these trends — and addressing them isn’t even on the table in Albany.
New York Post