New York City Mayor Eric Adams stressed that the entire country is witnessing a high level of violence, not just New York City.
“We are faced with a problem that affects our entire nation right now and that is why this is a national response,” Adams told DailyExpertNews’s Dana Bash. “We need a national response to this problem.”
Adams once again commended that NYC successfully took 1,800 guns off the streets of New York City in the first three and a half months into his administration — 10% of which were ghost guns.
“This is a huge task and our police respond every day,” the mayor said. “As I’ve said over and over, there are many rivers that feed the sea of violence in our city and in our country — let’s dam them all and some of that damming will come from the help of lawmakers across the state and country,” he said.
The mayor said the city needs help from state and country lawmakers to authorize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the legislature to make ghost weapons illegal.
Adams reiterated that he has taken initiatives “to address some of the systemic, historical problems” the city has had in tackling crime, but “many of the people who are on our streets participating in dangerous acts , have a bottleneck in our justice system. They are not serving their time in prison the way they should be.”
Adams suggested that NYC has a revolving door criminal justice system, adding that “too many people known to participate in criminal acts are still on our streets.”
Adams, a former transit police officer, assured the public that his administration will double the number of officers patrolling the subway system and ensure that police “actively and aggressively identify the person” involved in Tuesday’s incident.
“I think when you see how amazing this is, you really have to point to the passengers and the transit authorities,” Adams said, praising New Yorkers and the city’s transit system.
“New York has been through a lot – from the 9/11 attacks, the second attack of the… [World] Trade Center, for those who want to commit terrorism in our city and for those who do things that want to terrorize us,” Adams said. “We don’t yet know what caused this incident, but I call on New Yorkers to remain as resilient as we have often been.”
After stabbings and other attacks that pushed people onto the track — one fatal in Times Square — Mayor Adams announced that the city would deploy 30 teams, including police and mental health experts, to areas of high emergency. The city would also try to add more mental health professionals who can be deployed in nonviolent incidents and help enforce subway rules, said the mayor, a former transit and city police officer.
This followed an announcement by Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul in January, promising that officers would inspect subways and stations more often. A separate plan was also unveiled in January to end rising gun violence in the city, with Adams saying the city had long-term goals in mind to increase economic opportunities, improve education and provide greater access to education. mental healthcare.
Eliott C. McLaughlin of DailyExpertNews contributed to this post.