Editorial: Answers and a question about rising firearm violence on the streets

This week, New York City passed 2019’s full-year total of 319 murders. Now, for the fearsome curve of street violence to be bent, the city must solve a pressing puzzle.First, some promising — yes, promising — news.For months, Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Dermot Shea insisted a COVID-created “perfect storm” was fueling mayhem: police resources were diverted to protests; bad actors were released from Rikers Island to prevent COVID’s spread; and courts were shuttered. Meanwhile, gun arrests plunged right around the time that Shea disbanded the NYPD’s anti-crime unit.Most of those facto…

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