Gun violence declared 'disaster emergency' in New York, Internet mocks 'solution to all crime'

According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis

                            Gun violence declared 'disaster emergency' in New York, Internet mocks 'solution to all crime'
New York has seen a rise in gun violence recently (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

To combat the surge in gun violence in the state, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a first-in-the-nation executive order declaring gun violence in New York a 'disaster emergency'. Only last month, Cuomo ended the Covid-19 disaster emergency in the state. According to reports, Cuomo announced the same, giving resources and potential funding to law enforcement in the state.

The announcement was made on Tuesday afternoon, July 6, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, New York. The new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, and long-term solutions focussing on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to curb violence. Cuomo said in his statement, "I am issuing an Executive Order declaring a Disaster Emergency on gun violence. Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we must treat it like one. This declaration will allow us to give this crisis the full attention & resources it deserves."


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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)


Cuomo outlined a comprehensive plan for the same composed of seven key areas. The first step of the plan will allow the state to address the gun violence crisis by expediting money and resources to communities so they can begin targeting gun violence immediately. The key areas of the plan include treating gun violence like emergency public health, targetting hotspots with data and science, ensuring positive engagement for at-risk youth, breaking the cycle of escalating violence, getting illegal guns off the streets, keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people and rebuilding the police-community relationship.

New York has seen a rise in gun violence recently. According to reports, 687 people were injured or killed in a police-reported shooting through June 6, which is the most since 2000.

'Gun violence is America'

People slammed Cuomo's move to declare gun violence in New York a disaster emergency. One user wrote, "It's America. Gun violence is America." Another tweeted, "Why not just liberate gun ownership and possession statewide?" One user commented, "Andrew Cuomo has declared “gun violence” a disaster emergency in New York State. But it’s not the guns that are violent, it’s the criminals. And it’s not the guns that are the disaster, it’s the soft-on-crime democrat politicians." Another said, "NY governor issuing executive order declaring gun violence as a disaster emergency and the feds going door-to-door to make sure you get the vaccine… The United States is near its collapse."

One tweet read, "Just like clockwork, the NYPD & the white media has been promoting (& in many cases STAGING) crime propaganda, & now as a “solution” to all the crime, they have declared a "Disaster Emergency", so that militarized federal strike force teams can come in and start targeting Blk ppl." Another user commented, "If you're declaring gun violence to be a "disaster emergency" but staying silent on the American Apartheid's policies, practices, systems and budgets that destroy & defund Black neighborhoods, you're not getting to the root cause of gun violence in urban areas the United States."







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