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Adams visits DC to discuss gun violence
Brooklyn Borough President and NYC Democratic Mayoral Nominee Eric Adams, third from
left, with President Joe Biden and other local leaders at the White House on July 12.
BY STEPHEN WITT
Borough President Eric Adams
went to Washington D.C. on Monday to
meet with President Joe Biden at the
White House, where they discussed the
scourge of gun violence with a cadre of
“We recognize that we have to come
together to fulfi ll the fi rst responsibility
of a democracy and to keep each
other safe,” Biden said at the start of
the meeting at the White House, “and
that’s what the American people are
looking for when it comes to reducing
violent crime and gun violence.”
House of Representative Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and US Attorney General
Merrick Garland participated
in the roundtable event, where Biden
boasted some of his administration’s
efforts to reduce shootings in America
— including increasing funding for
community policing and federal law
enforcement agencies like the FBI and
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
“Our strategy includes funding for
law enforcement through the American
Rescue Plan for states, cities and
to be able to hire police and pay them
overtime, in order to advance community
policing,” Biden said.
Adams, a former New York City police
captain, thanked the president for
bringing the local leaders together.
“I applaud President Joe Biden for
calling this critical meeting to address
rising crime, and for his commitment
to take on the gun violence epidemic
in our city and in our country. It is so
important to the safety of New Yorkers
that all levels of government work together
and take action to fi ght and prevent
crime,” said Adams.
“To achieve our shared goal of reducing
gun violence, it is critical that
the partnership between New York City
and the federal government include
both long-term crime prevention strategies
and immediate interventions that
stop the shootings now and get the guns
off of our streets,” he added.
Adams said he was confi dent the
Biden administration would focus on
fi nding and prosecuting the illegal
gun dealers, straw purchasers, and
traffi ckers who fl ood our streets with
“At the same time, we must work together
to deal with the feeders of crime
and violence, including funding for
young people aging out of foster care,
youth employment, job training, and
learning disability screenings and
help,” he said.
According to the New York Post,
Adams told a TV crew outside the
White House that he rejected the president’s
call to increase police forces in
order to combat illegal guns.
“The fi rst thing we need to do is to
do an assessment of how we are using
our police offi cers now. Far too many
police offi cers are doing clerical duty.
Far too many police offi cers are patrolling
in groups,” Adams told reporters.
Calling the meeting productive,
the beep concluded that he looked forward
“to working with the president
as a true partner to create a safer New
York City and a safer country.”
In New York City, shootings are
up nearly 38 percent across the fi ve
boroughs, year-to-date as of July 4,
when compared to the same time last
year, according to Police Department
data. Meanwhile, 2021 is on track to be
America’s deadliest year of gun violence
in two decades, according to data
from the Gun Violence Archive.
Accompanying Adams on his trip
to Washington was Deputy Borough
President Ingrid Lewis-Martin and his
Communication chief Stefan Ringel.
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