Gun crime continues to rise steadily in the United States as the country emerges from the COVID blockade.
The U.S. Department of Justice is launching a new offensive force aimed at cracking down on illegals firearms traffic, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday.
The strike force will focus on reducing violent crime by targeting activities in a “significant” way. arms trafficking corridors, ”including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Monaco said during an event sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.
As part of that effort, Monaco said U.S. prosecutor’s offices in target areas will coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement to focus on “where the weapons originate from. , where they are used in violent crimes … and they are going to search the whole network ”.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that “the department is taking concrete steps to address violent crime and illegal firearms trafficking. Our arms trafficking attack forces will investigate and they will disrupt the networks that channel criminal weapons to our communities with tragic consequences ”.
The new Justice Department initiative comes when President Joe Biden will address recent gunfire and other violent crimes on Wednesday.
On June 22, 297 were seen in the United States massive features, according to data collected by the Archive of Arms Violence, and local police departments in some major cities in the country have reported peaks in homicides.
Increased crime it is a crucial concern among the general population, especially in larger cities. New York City goes to the polls today in the primaries for a run for mayor.
Leading Republican and Democratic party candidates have expressed support for cracking down on crime and increasing police budgets.
Democratic leader Eric Adams, a former New York Police Department captain, blames some of the blame on anti-police slogans, which have resulted in modest cuts in police budgets in some cities.
Adams and others say the “spread police” movement has hampered law enforcement’s ability to fight crime.
Calls to “defund the police“They have been popular with progressives in the United States, especially after the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody last June.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and murder by Floyd’s death in April, after a year of protests as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
But criminologists and crime investigators are not convinced. They say crime is caused by countless factors. Research Specialist of the Ernesto Lopez Criminal Justice Council he told Al Jazeera that crime rates were rising in 2020 before the death of George Floyd.
Biden has also issued shares in stifle proliferation of “ghost guns,” which are not sold as assembled firearms, but kits that can be turned into a working weapon and are therefore not subject to the same set of regulations.
Later this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on whether to support the confirmation of David Chipman, Biden’s election to head the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The department plans to make additional announcements Wednesday about how it intends to fight violent crime, Monaco said.