Cuomo Declares Disaster Emergency on Gun Violence
by Yehudit Garmaise
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who wants New York to approach crime in the same way the state conquered COVID: with data and logic, issued an executive order today that declares a disaster emergency on gun violence.
“Just like we did with COVID, we have to get smart,” said Gov. Cuomo, who said that gun violence spreads like a virus. “We used science to map COVID."
Over July 4th weekend, however, 13 New Yorkers died of COVID, while 51 were shot.
"Those weren't fireworks you heard," the governor said. "Those were gunfire."
For COVID, Gov. Cuomo said, “We found the clusters, and we attacked the clusters, and we can do the same thing with gun violence.”
The vast majority of shootings in the state take place incredibly small areas that police and local leadership can target, the governor said.
In New York City, for instance, only 0.7% of the at-risk youth have committed 36% of the shootings.
“4,000 young men who are aged 18 to 24 across the state are responsible for 48% of the shootings,” Gov. Cuomo said. “We need to reach out to those 4,000 young men in a state of 19 million, help them, and stop the violence.”
“Shooting is not taking place in every community,” said the governor, as he explained that, “We have to target the hot spots from where the gun violence is coming."
Summer job programs can dramatically reduce violence by 45%., Gov. Cuomo reported.
“We have to create jobs to get kids off the street,” he said simply.
In addition to funding a $57 million jobs training program, New York state, the governor said, will pay 100% of the salaries of the 21,000 participants in the program.
“We want them to have the training and places to go, so they see their futures,” said Gov. Cuomo. “This program is not just a stop-gap. At the end of it, they can be professionals, businessmen, or tradesmen. They can have futures in front of them.”