The NYPD thinks so:
The number of people shot surged 154 percent two weeks ago — to 56 from 22 over the same week last year — and spiked 28 percent in the last month.
Last week tallied another increase in victims — 22 people had been hit through Friday, including the three victims gunned down outside a Brooklyn school Friday.
Last year, only 17 shooting victims were logged for the entire week.
The recent gunplay has now pushed the number of shooting victims this year slightly above last year’s tragic tally — to 1,484 from 1,451 — through Oct. 16.
Four high-ranking cops point the finger at Occupy Wall Street protesters, saying their rallies pull special crime-fighting units away from the hot zones where they’re needed.
Since Occupy Wall Street took over Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, the NYPD has relied heavily on its borough task forces, the department’s go-to teams for rowdy crowds.
But such protest duty takes the special units away from their regular jobs — patrolling public housing and problem spots and staking out nightclubs plagued by violence, supervisors said.
So..if the police are right, we have a movement of rich white kids and assorted radicals and anti-Semites squatting on other people’s land, mooching food ordinarily used to feed the homeless and now causing an increase in violence elsewhere in the city, while demanding that everyone else pay for their own poor choices to load up on student debt. While they’re belatedly learning lessons the rest of us started learning as toddlers. Obama and the Democrats were so wise to embrace the .083 Percenters.