President Biden will travel to New York City next week to meet with Mayor Eric Adams about his strategy to reduce gun violence in the Big Apple following the ambush killing of two NYPD officers in Harlem last week.
Biden will discuss with Adams, a former NYPD captain, “the Administration’s comprehensive strategy to combat gun crime, which includes historic levels of funding for cities and states to put more cops on the beat and invest in community violence prevention and intervention programs, as well as stepped-up federal law enforcement efforts against illegal gun traffickers, ”the White House said Wednesday in announcing the Feb. 3 meeting.
“I look forward to welcoming President Biden to New York City next week and sitting down to discuss how we can work collaboratively to end the scourge of gun violence we are seeing on New York City streets,” Hizzoner said in a statement. “The sea of violence comes from many rivers, and that’s why my Blueprint to End Gun Violence in New York City seeks to dam every river that feeds this greater crisis. Public safety is my administration’s highest priority, and we welcome the opportunity to display to President Biden how federal and local governments can coordinate and support each other in this fight to keep New Yorkers safe. ”
In emotional remarks Monday, Adams displayed a photo of the .45-caliber Glock pistol that had been enhanced with an illegal high-capacity magazine that could hold 40 rounds.
“This is the gun that killed our young officer Friday night,” Adams said.
Rookie Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was killed while responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment in Harlem.
His partner, Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, was critically wounded by Lashawn McNeil and died Tuesday after undergoing two surgeries.
Mora remained on life support so his organs could be donated.
Shortly after the shootings, Adams pleaded with New Yorkers to help “save our city.”
“There are no gun manufacturers in New York City. We do not make guns here, ”the mayor said. “How are we removing thousands of guns off the street and they still find a way into New York City? In the hands of people that are killers, constantly carving highways of death, destroying our communities. ”
“We need Washington to join us and act now to stop the flow of guns in New York City and cities like New York,” he urged.
After Adams introduced his initiatives, which included launching a plainclothes anti-gun unit and asking the legislature to fix the state’s bail reform laws, Biden called Monday night to offer his “firm support.”
On Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the president had expressed his “deepest condolences” over the killings of Mora and Rivera.
Psaki said Biden “reiterated his admiration for the brave men and women of law enforcement who risk their lives on a daily basis to protect our communities” and he expressed his firm support for Mayor Adams’ efforts to combat gun violence and violent crime.
Adams responded by tweeting: “We have a true ally in the @WhiteHouse.”
“[Biden] knows what it takes to keep our streets safe and his support will be invaluable in getting the job done, ”the mayor added.
In 2021, New York City had 488 murders, a 4 percent increase from the 468 tallied in 2020, which in turn was a 47 percent jump from 319 killings in 2019.