Gun crime continues to rise steadily in the United States as the country emerges from the COVID blockade.
The US Department of Justice is launching a new strike force aimed at combating illegal activities firearms trafficking, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said on Tuesday.
The strike will focus on reducing violent crime by targeting “significant” actions arms sales corridors, including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Monaco, said during an event sponsored by the Executive Police Research Forum.
As part of these efforts, Monaco said U.S. law firms in the targeted areas would coordinate with federal, state, and local law enforcement to focus on “where the weapons come from, where they are used in violent crime,” following the entire network. »
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. “The department is taking another clear step to combat the crime of violence and the illicit circulation of firearms. “Our crackdown on firearms trafficking will investigate and disrupt the networks that transport criminal weapons to our communities with tragic consequences.”
The Justice Department’s new initiative comes as President Biden addresses the latest rise in shootings and other violent crimes on Wednesday.
As of June 22, the United States had seen 297 mass shootingsAccording to the Weapons of Violence Archive, local police stations in some major cities in the country are reporting an increase in homicides.
Growth in crime is a major public concern, especially in larger cities. New York City is running in the mayoral election today.
Leading candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties have expressed support for the fight against crime and the increase in police budgets.
Democrat leader Eric Adams, a former New York City police chief, blames anti-police rhetoric that has led to modest budget cuts in some cities.
Adams and others say the “return to the police” movement has undermined law enforcement’s ability to fight crime.
Calls to «return to the police“They have become widespread in the United States, especially since the assassination of George Minn Floyd, who was detained by Minneapolis police in June last year.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Shavin has been convicted of Floyd’s death in April after a year of protests. These lives are a movement,
But criminologists and crime investigators are not convinced. They say that crime is due to countless factors. Ernesto Lopez, Research Specialist at the Criminal Justice Council told Al Jazeera that crime rates were rising in 2020, just before George Floyd’s death.
Biden also acted suffocate the spread “Ghost weapons”, which are sold not as assembled firearms, but as kits that can be converted into a working pistol և, therefore, are not subject to the same regulations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote later this week on whether to support the approval of David Chipman, who was elected by Biden to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The administration plans to make additional announcements on Wednesday about how it intends to fight violent crime, Monaco said.