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Eric Adams discusses plan B with the NYPD if the federal government does not stop illegal weapons in NYC

Desiree Peralta

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Eric Adams still depends on the general election next November to become the next mayor of New York City, but he has between eyebrows to curb gun violence, which so far this year has increased by 29%, according to police data.

This is what the political leader revealed once again this Monday, after meeting at the headquarters of the Brooklyn County Presidency with federal senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who after unsuccessful attempts, announced the reintroduction of a bill in the federal Congress, that seeks to make illegal arms trafficking a federal crime.

The Democratic mayoral candidate added that gun violence is disproportionately affecting black, Latino, and poor communities, which he described as "unacceptable," and assured that although federal measures are urgently needed, municipal actions must also be taken with the police, something that they assured to do to get to the Mayor's Office.

As my mother used to say, you have to have a plan B, and if the bill doesn't pass (in Washington), we have the NYPD, one of the best police officers who has proven to help reduce crime, as it happened on the trains, we put in more police and crime decreased, Adam said to NY Diary "We have a police department to which I am going to give tools and support to control the arms crisis."

Adams, who mentioned that there are schools in the city, where 8 out of 10 students know victims of violence who have suffered the impact, stressed that it is necessary to work with an integrated vision between prevention and intervention, but warned that those who refuse to leave violence aside, they must be dealt with to the full extent of the law.

“I have met with some of the most violent gang leaders in the city, I have sat behind closed doors to ask them how we can make them put down their weapons, how we can stop the violence and stop the war. we have talked about the needs, talked about what we have to do: jobs, train people in jobs. We have a real desire to show that there is a way out, ” Adams said.

“There is a choice: go out, be part of the city, or use the criminal system to get them out. I will not allow my city to be a place where violence is the norm”.

Curtis Sliwa was not invited to the Eric Adams lecture, but he did make it to the outskirts of the Brooklyn Presidential headquarters.

After the press conference between Adams and Senator Gillibrand, the Republican candidate for Mayor, Curtis Sliwa, appeared, who although he said he supported the federal bill to criminalize arms trafficking, assured that this will not solve the serious problem that there is in New York with violence.

"We have to look at the local aspects to end the shootings and it is not necessarily going to happen with what the federal government can do," said the Republican, who demanded that the current De Blasio Administration immediately reinstate the old Crime Unit in the streets of the NYPD, with the increase of police officers who are dedicated to making a presence in the streets and requisitioning cars, places and even being around warehouses to seize weapons.

We need to have that unit dedicated to drawing weapons and we have to activate it right now, not wait for next year with the new mayor. We have to quadruple the number of police officers dedicated to taking out weapons and stop gang activities.

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