Biden to meet with New York mayor on gun crime

In this livestream frame grab from video provided by NYPD News, Mayor Eric Adams, foreground, with city law officials, speaks at a news conference inside a subway station
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President Biden will travel to New York City next Thursday to meet with newly elected Mayor Eric Adams (D) and discuss efforts to combat gun crime.

According to the White House, Biden and Adams will “discuss 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.”

Earlier this week, Adams, a former police officer, released his plan to end gun violence in New York, having promised during his campaign to deploy more police officers and reduce the amount of guns coming into the city.

As part of his “Blueprint to End Gun Violence,” Adams announced the deployment of more officers in key neighborhoods where the majority of gun violence is concentrated.

“Gun violence is not only a law enforcement issue. It is a social issue, a community issue, and we will be taking a citywide approach to meeting this challenge,” Adams said on Monday. 

“We must take actions to immediately stop the violence, and we must make long-term investments to keep it from returning. We must address the root causes of these challenges and help our young people on a better path long before they pick up a gun.”

Last week, Adams called on federal lawmakers to pass gun reform legislation after 22-year-old NYPD officer Jason Rivera was fatally shot in Harlem.

“We need Washington to join us and act now to stop the flow of guns in New York City and cities like New York,” Adams said.

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