New York City Mayor Eric Adams was elected at least in part because of his tough on crime platform. He said he was going to make the city safer and he was focused on the people who were breaking the law.
Or that’s what we thought, anyway.
Today, Adams is one of the loudest voices calling for gun control. He doesn’t like that Bruen gutted his ability to infringe on the rights of New Yorkers and he doesn’t like that the rest of us have rights that he doesn’t like.
And NSSF’s Larry Keane has thoughts on the mayor’s latest call.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is sounding more and more like one of his predecessors, Michael Bloomberg: a hypocritical gun control activist with truth problems. It’s notable given the mayor’s “Gotta get tough on criminals” campaign platform that earned him New York City voters’ approval in 2021.
During a press conference, Mayor Adams called for a new gun ban while speaking about the recent tragedy in Lewiston, Maine, and revealing a bigger issue.
“Eighteen Mainers were stolen from us by yet another disturbed man, wielding an assault rifle…,” Mayor Adams said. “When you allow someone with a mental health illness to have access to these assault rifles, it can create a great deal of danger…”
The mayor ignored that the “disturbed” murderer did, in fact, demonstrate numerous signs of serious mental health issues. He was known to authorities to have made serious and repeated threats of violence – including targeting a National Guard center – and state and local law enforcement agencies very likely made mistakes that should have placed the murderer on the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) prohibited list and possibly even could have led to firearms being seized. Those questions are still awaiting answers.
For Mayor Adams and his colleagues, the details don’t much matter. “It’s easier to buy a weapon of war than it is to buy a Sudafed,” the mayor repeated, citing a claim former Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts posted to social media following the tragic shooting. That claim is dubious and was fact-checked.
That’s because that particular claim is stupid. Especially for anyone who has purchased both, which many of us have.
The truth of the matter is that Adams is doing what far too many Democrats do. They demonize the tool, not the tool using it.
Let’s recognize that New York City is having some major issues right now. Most places are and have been since 2020, though the trends suggest there’s a decline going on.
Yet what we’ll find if we look at the numbers is that much of the issue in New York and elsewhere aren’t because of so-called assault weapons. Handguns are used far more often than AR-15s for just about every crime you care to name.
They’re not the issue.
Keane correctly calls Adams to the carpet for this nonsense and his ties with previous NYC mayor and notorious anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg–a man who believes he needs to be protected but you don’t.