July 23, 2021: -New York’s Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams said that dealing with the uptick in gun violence all over the U.S. means addressing the handgun crisis of the nation.
“We have ignored the handgun crisis that is predominantly in black, brown, and poor communities,” the Brooklyn Borough President said.
“We went after the assault weapons, but we didn’t deal with the handguns. That was a big mistake. Let’s stop the flow,” he added.
Adams said that law enforcement must cooperate on the federal, state, and city-level to share information and zero in on illegal gun dealers and gangs to stop the handgun movements.
On Monday, Adams took his advice and came together with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to talk out against gun violence between the growing in shootings across the city of New York. The lawmakers unveiled a bipartisan bill to address the transfer of guns illegally across state lines.
This year, there have been 803 shootings in New York City, and they’re up by 28.9% citywide, compared to last year, according to the latest NYPD data.
Adams told host Shepard Smith of CNBC that if he becomes mayor on day one, he will see to the communities that have normalized lawlessness and develop the quality of life for the residents.
“We’re going to use precision policing, zero in on those gang members, and partner with our local district attorneys so that we can stop seeing this revolving door criminal justice system, where people commit crimes with guns, and they’re out the following day, that is just unacceptable, and it hurts the quality of life in our city,” Adams added.