NEW YORK CITY — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday called for a national conversation on gun violence in a bid to halt a spike in gun violence.
“We need to have this conversation,” de Blasio told a news conference in the city’s Times Square.
“I believe that our communities need to know what’s happening in their communities and what’s going on around the country.
I have a lot of faith in the people in the White House to be able to do what they need to do.
And the fact is, they have a responsibility to the American people to be there and to get the job done.”
De Blasio said the city was at a crossroads.
In the wake of the deadly shootings in San Bernardino, California, in December, de Blasio said he and his administration were “committed to making sure we don’t have more gun violence.”
The mayor said the NYPD would be “taking on this challenge with the resources, with the strength and the dedication” to bring the city back on track.
“It’s about finding the balance between making sure that our law enforcement is working and making sure our people are safe,” he said.
De Blasio, who has called for stronger gun laws and stricter gun laws, said he would meet with police chiefs from the five major police departments in New York and New Jersey to discuss the problem.
“I’m going to do everything I can to get those conversations going,” he added.
Trump, who also spoke at the news conference, said the killings were an indication of the threat the country faces from terrorism.
“They’re very much a warning to us,” Trump said.
“This is an important issue, and I think we need to talk about it.”
Trump has called on the public to contact police departments and the Department of Homeland Security to stop “rapists” who are armed with guns.
He also said he had met with de Blasio and other top city officials to talk gun violence and to “do everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“We have a great relationship, and we have a long-standing relationship, but it’s time for the country to move on from this,” Trump added.