Anti-Gun Violence Activists Say They Know How To Reduce Shootings, But “It’s Not A Quick Fix” – Gothamist

A New York City police officer stands guard on July 7th, 2020 at the scene where a 27-year-old man was found shot to death in a park in Crown Heights. JUSTIN LANE/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

As gun violence continues to roil NYC, with 18 people shot in 24 hours Monday, anti-gun violence leaders and elected officials say there’s a way to reduce the violence—but there’s no one quick fix.

In June, shootings increased 130 percent citywide compared to that month last year. In response, Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out a $10 million boost for Cure Violence sites and a targeted anti-violence initiative in Harlem over the weekend. On Tuesday morning, de Blasio reiterated “bringing together police and community” to address the shootings uptick, and emphasized the health and economic crises due to COVID-19 the city faces.

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