WASHINGTON – The statement says the strategy targets the root cause of the violence – the proliferation of firearms in the country.
The Biden administration unveiled a strategy on Wednesday to combat crime in the United States, primarily with the increasing use of firearms.
“President Biden believes that the increase in gun violence that has affected the entire country over the past year and a half is unacceptable,” the White House said in a statement. “And the administration will take strong measures to counter this, using all the capabilities of the government.”
“The strategy also targets the root cause of violence – the proliferation of firearms in the country used to commit crimes,” the statement said.
The Administration intends, in particular, to stop the increase in violence by bringing illegal arms dealers to justice. Local law enforcement agencies have been promised support by the forces and means of the federal authorities. It is proposed to increase the funding of the police.
It is also planned to expand employment opportunities for young people, including the development of vocational training programs. Measures for the social adaptation of persons who have been in places of deprivation of liberty should also be expanded.
As noted in the statement of the White House, the number of murders in major cities of the country increased in 2020 by 30% compared to the previous year. The number of gun attacks increased by 8%. And in the first quarter of this year, the number of homicides increased by 24% compared to the first quarter of last year and by 49% compared to the first quarter of 2019. Among the victims of violence – a disproportionately large number of African-Americans, the statement emphasizes. “As the President has repeatedly stressed, we are experiencing an epidemic of gun violence in the country,” the statement said.
It says that President Biden is calling on the US Congress to take action to end the epidemic of violence and at the same time is taking urgent measures to achieve this goal, including tightening the rules for registering firearms.