President Joe Biden met with New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul immediately, Feb. 3, to collaborate on methods to assist fight gun violence. Several initiatives are on the desk, together with the new National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative and offering funds to rent extra regulation enforcement and psychological well being officers.
“Every day in this country, 316 people are shot, 106 are killed,” the president famous. There had been 64 youngsters injured by gunfire this yr to date and 26 killed, he added. “Enough is enough.” Biden introduced he has many applications in the works to assist not simply New York City however each main metropolitan space that’s struggling excessive gun violence.
Biden stated he’s excited to be working with Mayor Adams, who additionally agrees that the strategy to combat in opposition to the uptick in violence is to not defund the police.
“I’ll keep doing everything in my power to make sure the communities are safer, but Congress needs to do its part too,” Mr. Biden exclaimed, outlining what Congress must:
- Pass common background checks.
- Ban assault weapons with high-capacity magazines.
- Close loopholes that maintain weapons out of the arms of home abusers.
- Repeal legal responsibility defend for gun producers. “The only industry in America that is exempt from being sued by the public,” the president exclaimed.
Biden’s proposed $300 million funds to extend funding for native communities and policing applications is presently stalled in Congress.
The president additionally had a message for members of the press concerning background checks:
“Again, for any of the press that’s listening, this doesn’t violate anybody’s Second Amendment right. … “No Amendment is absolute. When the Amendment was passed, it didn’t say anybody could own a gun and any kind of gun and any kind of weapon. You couldn’t buy a cannon when this Amendment was passed. So there’s no reason why you should be able to buy certain assault weapons.”
Biden defined that the National Ghost Gun Enforcement Initiative will “determine and deter criminals from using those weapons and cover their tracks.” Not solely will patrons be criminally charged by native and state legal guidelines, but additionally on a federal degree.
President Biden arrived in New York to debate gun violence and the rise in crime in the Big Apple simply someday after the funeral of officer Wilbert Mora, who – alongside together with his associate, Jason Rivera – was shot whereas responding to a home name in Harlem on January 21.
During an earlier press briefing, a reporter requested White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, “Why not go to one of the officers’ funerals if you’re going to come to New York and show support for the law enforcement?” Psaki skirted round the inquiry, saying the journey had been coordinated with Mayor Adams’ workplace.
Psaki continued, saying, “I’m sorry for people who feel they need to be critical, but the president has been a longtime advocate of addressing crime. He’s never been for defunding the police.”
Crime has skyrocketed throughout the nation, and NYC has already seen six cops shot this yr. Four had been shot in the similar week, with Mora and Rivera ending in fatalities. In 2021, the metropolis recorded 485 murders.
Barely a month into the new yr, there has already been a lethal subway incident in which an individual was shoved in entrance of a practice in Times Square, a child hit by a stray-bullet, and a theft turned lethal at Burger King to call a couple of. Rivera’s widow, Dominique Luzuriaga, publicly criticized the D.A. at her husband’s funeral for being soft-on-crime.
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