NEW YORK CITY (Sputnik) – The State of New York on Tuesday became the first in the United States to declare a state of disaster emergency OVER gun violence, with Governor Andrew Cuomo saying he was putting the crisis involving rampant shootings in parallel with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I want you to understand the extent of the problem. I want you to understand how serious this is,” Cuomo said in a live-telecast announcement as he cited data on shootings in the state that had claimed mostly young lives. “We want to do with gun violence what we did with COVID.”
“This is going to be a very big deal,” Cuomo said, adding that the law was originally scuttled in 2000 by then-President George Bush, who signed an enactment that virtually gave gun manufacturers immunity against any civil suits related to shootings.
Over the July 4 weekend, 14 people were shot in Buffalo, 5 were shot in Syracuse, three were shot on Long Island, two people were shot in Utica, one person – in Rochester, and 26 people were shot in NYC, Cuomo said.
Cuomo’s declaration presents a seven-point plan on how to tackle the issue:
Nationally, deaths from shootings are up 18 percent year-over-year in major US cities, and that’s after 2020 brought the largest single-year increase ever recorded, according to data.