Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order on Tuesday declaring a state-wide emergency due to recent surges in gun violence throughout the Empire State. Fifty-one people were shot over the July 4th weekend in New York.
“Today I am issuing an Executive Order declaring a Disaster Emergency on gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one. This declaration will allow us to give this crisis the full attention & resources it deserves,” Cuomo announced on Twitter.
Today I am issuing an Executive Order declaring a Disaster Emergency on gun violence.
Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one.
This declaration will allow us to give this crisis the full attention & resources it deserves.
— Archive: Governor Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 6, 2021
“We’re building New York back better than ever before, but part of rebuilding is addressing the systemic injustices that were exposed by COVID. If you look at the recent numbers, more people are now dying from gun violence and crime than COVID. This is a national problem but someone has to step up and address this problem because our future depends on it,” Cuomo said in a speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.
“Just like we did with COVID, New York is going to lead the nation once again with a comprehensive approach to combating and preventing gun violence, and our first step is acknowledging the problem with a first-in-the-nation disaster emergency on gun violence,” the governor continued. “When we see an injustice we don’t look the other way, we stand up and fight it because that’s the New York way.”
Cuomo outlined seven main objectives:
- Treat gun violence like the emergency public health it is;
- Target hotspots with data and science;
- Positive engagement for at-risk youth;
- Break the cycle of escalating violence;
- Get illegal guns off the streets;
- Keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people;
- Rebuild the police-community relationship
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