A 13 and 16 year old were among the 21 people who were either injured or killed in New York City over the weekend.

Jaryan Elliot, 13 years old, was standing outside a café in the Bronx with another boy when a black sedan drove up and a male gunman got out of the backseat and opened fire on them.

Elliot was struck once in the chest and once in the ankle, while the other boy fled the scene. He was taken to Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The boy would’ve turned 14 at the end of the month.

NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison tweeted that the incident was gang related, and that the teen is believed to have been targeted.

Elliot was a gang member, and had 6 arrests and two sealed busts – including assault, burglary, and robbery.

Ramon Gil-Medrano, 16 years old, had been sitting in the back of a livery cab when two men, riding separate scooters, started shooting at the vehicle.

Gil-Medrano was struck in the head and chest. He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. He would have turned 17 in September.

Police believe that he was targeted.

The livery cab driver, who called the police, was not injured  

The boy is a known member of the 800 YGz gang. He’s had 5 prior arrests, including 3 gun arrests, one of which is sealed.

Gil-Medrano had supposedly turned his life around after being wounded in a shooting a year ago.

Both shootings occurred in the Bronx, near

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s district. She hasn’t said anything about the shootings.

Her and her fellow members of “The Squad” support defunding and/or abolishing the police, and implementing strict gun control laws.

Last week NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that “gun violence is a public health crisis”. He passed two bills. One bill gives people the ability to sue gun manufacturers for shootings done by criminals and thugs who got guns made by those companies, and the other bill supposedly helps prevent people with outstanding warrants from buying guns.

Leftist politicians such as AOC and Cuomo don’t talk about fighting crime and holding criminals accountable. Instead, they want to get rid of funding for police, hold the gun manufacturers accountable – who have no control over what action another takes – and prevent law abiding citizens from possessing guns.

It’s a sophisticated way of saying “we want to give more power to criminals.”

Most cities in the US that have the highest homicide and crime rates, are Democrat run cities.

In 2020, the homicide rate in NYC rose 39% since 2019. So far, in 2021 it has risen 22% since 2020.

Gil-Medrano was 16. He was too young to buy a gun. And even if he was old enough to buy one, his criminal record would have prevented him.

Despite that, 3 of his arrests were for gun related incidents, meaning that he illegally possessed a gun on 3 occasions.

Gun control doesn’t work.

There are many others like Elliot and Gil-Medrano who should be in school learning, hanging out with friends, and playing sports instead of gang-banging. 

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