Mayor Eric Adams said early Thursday that he will be asking President Biden for enough money to bring a “9/11 response” to the “pandemic” of gun crime on city streets.
Adams told WCBS 880 of his plans ahead of his scheduled meeting with the embattled commander-in-chief in Manhattan Thursday, and hours after the White House unveiled new plans to tackle the plague of “ghost guns.”
The mayor said he will press the president on the urgent need for federal funding to help “have a 9/11 response to the terror of violence that’s playing out on American cities throughout this entire country.”
He repeated his analogy that there is a “sea of violence from many rivers, and we have a dam each river.”
“And one river is the federal river,” he said, saying the government “must bring resources” to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — asking for “at least $1.5 billion so they can go out after the source of guns.”
“We removed 6,000 guns off the streets of New York last year, close to 400 this year since I’ve been in office,” he told the radio show.
“But they keep coming because we’re not turning off the tap. We’re not turning off the faucet and the federal government can play that role,” he said.
It needs federal, state and city law enforcement and lawmakers “to come together the same way we did after 9/11,” he repeated.
As well as seeking funding, Adams said he also hopes Biden can “use his bright spotlight to shine a light on this violence that’s really engulfing American cities.”
“I think the President understands it, he gets it,” Adams insisted. “I’m looking forward to having this actually carried out.”
However, political experts are not as optimistic as the Big Apple mayor.
Veteran Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf told The Post Wednesday that “it’s always hard to get the federal government to do much” when it comes to guns.
“What could occur here is the announcement of federal money to be used to create task forces between federal offices and local law enforcement, deputizing of New York City and other local and regional police departments with US marshals, who can then go across state lines to do what has to be done — picking up guns and arresting people,” he said.
He said the feds don’t “have the bodies” and don’t “have the authority to do what’s really required.”
“The great beneficiary is Biden because Biden needs Adams more than Adams needs Biden,” Sheinkopf told The Post.