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DeBlasio Effect: Cops Seizing More Guns And Knives From New York Kids

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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The number of weapons confiscated from high school students is on the rise in double-digit percentages since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.

Police seized some 2,120 weapons in New York City high schools in the 2016-2017 school year, which ranged from guns to boxcutters to stun guns and a host of other dangerous objects, the New York Post reports. That constitutes a 26.7 percent uptick in seizures during de Blasio’s tenure as mayor.

Authorities have already confiscated 196 weapons since school started in August this year, which is all the more disturbing after an 18-year-old bisexual male student stabbed two fellow classmates Wednesday, killing one and leaving the other in critical condition.

While running for mayor, de Blasio touted that he would change the city’s “stop and frisk” policy, which allowed officers to check pedestrians for weapons if they fit a certain profile. Stop and frisk practices dropped 94 percent while he was running for mayor and continue to fall today.

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