Eric Adams took over New York City from Mayor Bill de Blasio at the beginning of this year. Since that time, Adams has had a lot to deal with.
The city that de Blasio left him is in deep trouble, shuttered up by COVID restrictions, and full of gun and gang violence in its streets. Despite also being a Democrat, Adams has some common sense and verges more toward the center on some policies.
Still, asking him to fix the rash of gun violence and homicides that are destroying Gotham is a tall order. However, Adams says he’s going to get the job done, announcing a new Blueprint to End Gun Violence, following a weekend of horrific bloodshed.
What is Adams’ New Plan to Tackle Gun Violence?
Adams’ new plan is a mixed bag.
Part of it is the kind of Democrat ideas that are getting people killed; we’re talking about “listening sessions” in troubled neighborhoods and “safety teams” to go in and try to defuse tense situations. It hasn’t worked before and it won’t work this time.
After all, we saw a social worker tragically killed in Baltimore just a few days ago as part of their Safe Streets program. However, the other parts of Adams’ plan are slightly better.
He’s going to boost up police numbers in the 30 most dangerous precincts in the city where four-fifths of the city’s violence and shootings are happening. The city is going to assess risk and send in cops with bodycams and more training.
Adams says these officers are going to be trained up to be “emotionally intelligent” and able to deal with rough situations, along with people who are on the verge of committing violent crimes and assaults. Adams said only the “best” for this difficult task will be selected and deployed.
Let’s wish them luck and to stay safe. That’s definitely not going to be an easy job when you’re going into the most dangerous areas of New York and dealing with heavily armed criminals.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan to end gun violence in a city reeling from the fatal shooting of a police officer and a spate of violent crimes, as he promised to increase police officers in the most violence-plagued communities https://t.co/VverM2zY3R pic.twitter.com/vrUWVrvJqg
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 25, 2022
How Big Will This New Unit Be?
The new unit of specially trained officers will number 400 and give people opportunities to make a real difference in the city. This will be especially true in major areas of transportation, including big bus stations and ports, where many illegal guns get shipped in.
Adams himself worked in transit for years and watched as New York descended into violence in the past. Now that the violent gun crime surge is coming back, he deserves credit for doing something to try to put a dent in that.
Interrupting gun shipments is a good idea, as is sending in highly-trained officers with savvy situation assessment skills.
At the same time, let’s be honest: with more cops out there trying to stop gun violence, more violent criminals are going to get shot down, make headlines, and put pressure on the police.
Gun violence has inflicted a heartbreaking tragedy on our city. We must turn that pain into purpose. We're fighting back against gun violence and building communities where every resident feels safe.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) January 24, 2022