Bringing back memories of crack-fueled violence of the late 1980s and early 1990s, a stunning 46 people were shot in New York City over the Labor Day weekend. However, unlike those crack days when most shootings were fatal, just one person was killed in this weekend's rash of shootings.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was beside himself. The outspoken gun critic and founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns called the dozen or so separate incidents "unconscionable."
"We cannot tolerate it," Bloomberg said on Sunday. "We cannot continue to have these guns in the hands of kids who don't understand the value of life."
He called on politicians in Washington to put their partisan beliefs aside and do something.
"We need the federal government to step up," he said. "Both ends of Pennsylvania Ave., both sides of the aisle. There are just too many guns on the streets and we have to do something about it."
One police source compared it to those dark days decades ago.
"Last night was unbelievable," the source told the New York Post. "I can't remember a couple of hours like these since the days of crack."
The New York Daily News reports that overall, gun violence is down 5.9% so far this year in the city.