Arms crime continues to see steady growth in the United States as the country emerges from the COVID bloc.
U.S. Department of Justice launches new strike force aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants firearms traffic, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said Tuesday.
The strike force will be focused on reducing violent crimes by targeting activity in “significant rifle traffic runners ”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 this effort, Monaco said U.S. Attorney’s offices in designated areas will coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement to look into “where the guns originated,” where they are used in violent crimes … and going after the whole network ”.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement “the department is taking another concrete step to tackle violent crime and illegal arms trafficking. Our firearms trafficking strike forces will investigate and disrupt networks that they channel criminal weapons into our communities with tragic consequences. ”
The Justice Department’s new initiative comes as President Joe Biden on Wednesday will address recent spikes in shootings and other violent crimes.
As of June 22, the United States had seen 297 mass shootings, according to data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive, and local police departments in some major cities in the country have reported spikes in homicides.
The growing crime it is a crucial concern among the general population, especially in larger cities. New York City is going to vote in primaries today for a run for mayor.
Leading candidates for the Republican and Democratic parties have expressed their support for taking up crime and increasing police budgets.
Democratic leader Eric Adams, former captain of the New York Police Department, puts some of the blame on anti-police slogans, which have translated into modest cuts in police budgets in some cities.
Adams and others say the move “spreads the police” has damaged the law enforcement’s ability to fight crime.
Call to “defund the policeThey have been popular among US progressives, especially after the assassination of George Floyd in custody by Minneapolis police last June.
Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death in April, after a year of protests as part of the The Black Lives Matter movement.
But criminologists and criminal investigators are not convinced. They say crime is caused by a myriad of factors. Research Specialist for the Ernesto Lopez Criminal Justice Council he told Al Jazeera that crime rates were rising in 2020 before the death of George Floyd.
Biden also issued shares to suffocate proliferation of “ghost guns,” which are sold not as assembled firearms, but kits that can be converted into a working pistol, and therefore are not subject to the same set of regulations.
Later this week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote to support David Chipman’s confirmation, Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Monaco said the department plans to make additional announcements Wednesday on how it intends to deal with violent crimes.