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May 9th, 2021
Andrew Yang Offers Solutions to Rising Gun Violence after Times Square Shooting
**RELEASE** May 9th, 2021
New York, NY—This morning, Andrew Yang stood in Times Square to offer solutions to the surge in gun violence in New York City in the wake of a shooting yesterday that left three bystanders injured, including a 4-year-old girl. He was joined by Council Member Keith Powers, District 9 Council candidate William Allen, and District 40 Council candidate Edwin Raymond.
Said Andrew Yang, “The truth is that New York cannot afford to defund the police, not while New Yorkers are concerned about rising rates of violent crime, petty crime, and walking freely in their neighborhoods. If the city cannot stop shootings in Times Square, one of the most policed neighborhoods in our city, what does that say about what’s happening in Black and brown communities throughout our city where we’re underinvesting and we know that rates of gun violence are higher? “Our city’s opening and recovery is contingent on whether our streets and subways are safe. Nothing works in this city without public safety, and for public safety, we need the police to be our partners. We cannot fall into the trap of imagining there’s a false choice between keeping our people safe and evolving the NYPD – the fact is we cannot do one without the other. We need to restore our city with hope – hope begins with safety.”
Video available here.