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Shootings in Boston up 28%

The latest data from Boston Police show Boston has had 159 shootings through Aug. 13, up from 124 the year before and from 147 over the past five years.

Fatal shootings have increased from 16 last year to 25 this year. Firearm-related arrests are also up, slightly, from 278 last year to 286 this year.

Other major crimes (broken out by police district), are down.

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There were some high profile raids on groups in East Boston and Dorchester/Rox. Are minions fighting over the power vacuum, or is something more worrying happening.

Marty's going realize running a city is more than brushing shoulders with powerful CEOs soon.

This is not a good look after years of decreasing crime, especially with the city and state hovering at full employment.

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Shootings go up the year after Healey takes action against permitted gun owners.

Maybe she should do more to focus on the people without permits.

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Nothing has changed in Boston over the past year and Healey's actions didn't affect the number of gun owners in Boston. If you're going to use a strawman, try a better one.

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Actually her legislation by FAQ did affect the ~6,000 licensed people in Boston and all visitors to the city. You don't understand that the Boston AWB ordinance (which since 1988 has never been enforced, even against bank/armored car robbers and national guard armory thieves) does not apply to residents' activities or property outside the city limits and the ordinances as written are not enforceable against nonresidents.

If you gave a damn about crime and civil liberties you'd want to know why a state official is gleefully putting the screws to law abiding people at press conferences instead of allocating time and resources towards violent criminals.

MA politicians love to engage in empty posturing and blamestorming when it comes to crime. Because doing something about crime is far more difficult than engaging in press conference theatrics.

Why isn't the AG prosecuting arms traffickers and gang kingpins? Why is it the feds seem to be the only ones interested in cracking down on intercity and interstate crime rings? The AG loves engaging in nation wide activities with other far flung AGs, but can't be bothered to covenine with bordering states's AG to crack down on organized crime?

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Than two years ago?

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MA AWB law did identify weapons that could not be sold in MA. It also authorized the Attorney General to enforce the law by adding new models to the list.

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Does the 75 or more college campus police departments in the city of Boston keep separate crime statistics? How about MSP, Transit, Sheriffs, Amtrak, Post office police, Federal Police ?

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Boston has a lot of colleges, but it doesn't have 75 of them (you're maybe thinking of all the colleges in the Boston area, many of which are not within Boston city limits).

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Is it true a lot of teenagers don't have summer jobs this year? Has anyone written a story about this years jobs program versus last?

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what the correlation is between employment and gun ownership?

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Is it true a lot of teenagers don't have summer jobs this year? Has anyone written a story about this years jobs program versus last?

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Hello. Boston Officer here.

What may be even scarier is that these statistics might just be based off shootings in which ballistics were actually recovered. These numbers are probably much, much higher because we aren't always able to confirm a legitimate shots fired incident when no shell casings are found. Granted, sometimes shotspotter goes off due to fireworks, but we are usually able to determine false alarms based off the sounds. I've been to several calls for shots fired where we were fairly certain it was a legitimate call, but couldn't confirm it.

Gun shots are going off nightly in certain neighborhoods. We try several approaches to quell the violence, but it's often overwhelming.

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Thank you for commenting and also, thank you for serving the city.
I am proud of the Boston Police. There have been examples recently of you folks diffusing situations and setting a good example for other police departments. I know this is off topic but wanted to state this.

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Curious out of safety concerns. Any recommendations for citizens?

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The 'wrong' person got killed earlier this year and it's been all out mayhem since. I would imagine the police know the back story too because it isn't exactly a secret around town.

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Inner-city young adults need jobs, so that they can see that there is a future beyond the streets. Also, we need to get control of the opiod-fentanyl traffic.
The word is that Dominican gangs control this in Massachusetts.

Arrest and deport drug dealers and violent criminals.

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I grew up in the age of red shirts, the teens who use to clean up along the sides of the street all summer. I was lucky enough to get a camp councilor job at 14, and had jobs every summer, and during high school. That was a tremendous benefit, but I don't see those returning any time soon, and I won't pretend to fully understand why. Of course jobs and opportunity are important and a major deterrent, but that conversation needs to be had on many levels to fully address the issues we have.

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Boston has some good youth summer jobs programs. Many jobs are coordinated through a citywide network (see https://www.boston.gov/health-and-human-services/bcyf-youth-engagement-e...) and others through other organizations that are independent of the citywide network or just typical summer jobs in retail, landscaping, etc., that aren't through a formal program.

The purpose of organizing/creating these job networks is not "prevention" -- (which takes a pretty negative and disparaging view of local youth) -- but just a positive "opportunity" to build a resume, learn some skills, contribute to the community and earn some money.

BTW notice that there are tens of thousands of teens in the city, and, if you look again at the statistics in this article, the number of incidents are in the hundreds, and of course not all those incidents involve teens. It's great to advocate for more summer jobs, but hopefully not just with the keep-em-off-the-streets message.

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"The purpose of organizing/creating these job networks is not "prevention""

Good jobs and proper education are the biggest deterrents to youth crime.

Hundreds of teens, or even just 100 is to many.

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I've noticed that it hasn't been a very hot summer. Usually, we think of summer heat making things worse on the streets, but conversely, perhaps people are outside more(and getting into trouble) because they're not sitting inside with their air conditioners. I know this sounds odd, but it's just a thought.

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