Governor Andrew Cuomo makes an announcement regarding gun violence in the state at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. – New York, NY – July 6, 2021 (Shutterstock)
By Yacob Reyes, Axios
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) issued an executive order Tuesday declaring gun violence a disaster emergency as part of a new strategy to curb gun-related crime in New York.
Why it matters: The strategy, which treats gun violence as a public health crisis, will allow the state to expedite money and resources to communities and implement short- and long-term solutions to confront the issue, Cuomo’s office said.
Details: The executive order also requires police departments to share incident-level data on gun violence, with the data being used to track emerging “gun violence hotspots.”
- Cuomo also announced the creation of a new police gun-trafficking unit to address the surge of “illegal guns that come into New York from states with weak gun safety laws.”
- About “74% of crime guns used in criminal activity across the state were purchased out of state,” Cuomo’s office said.
What he’s saying: “We’re building New York back better than ever before, but part of rebuilding is addressing the systemic injustices that were exposed by COVID,” Cuomo said in the announcement.
- “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,” he added.
The big picture: Cuomo’s announcement comes less than a month after President Biden launched new nationwide initiatives to tackle gun violence.
- Biden has called gun violence in the U.S. an “epidemic” and “international embarrassment.”