New York Mayor Eric Adams: Does He Or Doesn’t He ~ Carry A Handgun?

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New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- During his Mayoral run, Eric Adams asserted he would carry a handgun for self-defense once he became Mayor in lieu of reliance on a special police security detail.

The New York Post, for one, reported, back in January 2020, that,

“Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a former cop, said Thursday that he’d pack heat if elected mayor in 2021 rather than waste taxpayer money by having his own security detail like Mayor Bill de Blasio and his predecessors.

“Yes I will, number one,’ Adams told the FAQ NYC podcast when asked if he’d pack a firearm as mayor.

‘And number two, I won’t have a security detail. If the city is safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him. He should be walking the street by himself.’”

Jump forward to March 26, 2022.

In a news story titled, “Did Adams follow through on his campaign promise to carry a gun as mayor?”, 1010 News had this to say about Eric Adams’ remarks:

“Now, as the mayor of New York City, he still has a security detail and demonstrated at a press conference Friday that he’s not walking around armed.

When asked at a traffic safety event if he followed through on his promise, he smiled and opened his jacket to demonstrate he’s not carrying a gun.

‘I stated that if I receive a threat from my intel that states there’s a real threat that I would make that determination. Intel protects me,’ said Adams. ‘If I feel the need to do so then I would do so.’

[But] His quote from 2020 does not leave much room for interpretation, even if Adams would like to clarify his intent now.

A host for the ‘FAQ NYC’ podcast [had] asked him ‘As mayor would you carry a firearm on you even with a security detail?’

Adams responded ‘Yes I will, number one, and number two, I won’t have a security detail. If the city’s safe, the mayor shouldn’t have a security detail with him. He should be walking the street by himself.’” See also the article in Arbalest Quarrel, titled, “NYPD Officer Shootings Draw Attention To Mayor Eric Adams’ Plans To Make NYS Safe: What Will He Do?”, posted on January 23, 2022.

What is a person to make of Mayor Adams’ inconsistent remarks?

Is the Mayor a hypocrite? Of course. There’s no way for Adams’ to slither around this, try as he might; try as he has.

But, then, should anyone be surprised? After all, hypocrisy is a character trait of all politicians. It defines them, and not in a good way.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word, ‘hypocrite,’ as a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.’ But there is much more to the word than that. The ancient Greeks from whom the word, ‘hypocrite’ derived perceived a hypocrite to be a heinous individual, deserving of contempt. The Merrian Webster Dictionary goes to some length in discussing the etymology of the word.

Of ‘hypocrisy’ we said, in pertinent part, in that article:

“A person who lies does not honor his fellows. No one should lie as a matter of practice. But those who know their words affect the lives of millions of others should be especially mindful of the impact of their words. Those who impact the lives of millions of people through lies are particularly heinous individuals. They do not honor their fellow man. And by failing to honor their fellow man they themselves are not honorable and are not worthy of honor.”

Hypocrisy is rife in American politics. Politicians are cut from the same cloth, and Eric Adams, the present New York City Mayor, is no different.

Politicians are all consummate actors, but they are actors whose words and actions impact the lives of the citizenry, unlike theater actors whose fictions are confined to the stage.

Mayor Adams says he carries a handgun but does not. He says he does not employ an NYPD security detail but he does.

Of course, whether or not Adams’ carries a gun when walking around the City is really beside the point.

As a retired NYPD police officer, he’d have no trouble obtaining the necessary credentials to do so, anyway. That, unfortunately, cannot be said of the average American citizen who resides in the City. Perhaps a decision in the Bruen case will change that.

And, as for Adams’ foregoing an NYPD security detail, the remark is false bravado. The City isn’t any safer under his watch than it was under that of his predecessor, Bill de Blasio. Hence the Mayor’s desire for and need for a security detail exists. Adams is acutely aware of the constant dangers that innocent human beings face in the urban jungle—New York City. Crime continues to surge.

As this article goes to publication, on March 27, 2022, the New York Post writes:

“Major crime and gun violence in the Big Apple have shown no signs of slowing as Mayor Eric Adams pushes people to get back to work and attempts to clean up the subway system.

New police data shows that serious crime is up nearly 14 percent this year as of Sunday, compared to the same period in 2020 — when the city was bustling before COVID-19.

The early crime trends this year present a challenge for Adams, who last week called for workers to return to New York City — promising a safer city. . . .

There have been 300 more serious assaults this year, compared to 2020 — 2,994 versus 2690, an 11.3 percent increase, according to the data released Monday.

Burglaries are up 6.6 percent from 1,908 to 2,034 and grand larcenies up 7 percent from 3,753 to 6,763, the data shows.

Shootings have also surged nearly 60 percent from pre-pandemic times, from 97 to 154 incidents.

There have been 300 more serious assaults this year, compared to 2020 — 2,994 versus 2690, an 11.3 percent increase, according to the data released Monday.

Burglaries are up 6.6 percent from 1,908 to 2,034 and grand larcenies up 7 percent from 3,753 to 6,763, the data shows.

Shootings have also surged nearly 60 percent from pre-pandemic times, from 97 to 154 incidents.”

In light of these troubling crime statistics what is particularly troubling, galling, and damning is not the content of Adams’ remarks concerning his personal security but the fact that he dared to lie to the public about it, and did so blatantly, casually, with a smile on his face, no less.

Has this man so little regard for the average, innocent law-abiding, New York City resident who, unlike him, has no access to police protection and who is denied, out-of-hand, the natural right of armed defense? Does this Mayor know, or even care, that the average New York City resident must suffer the reality of masses of violent, vile animals, roaming, undeterred, through the streets, subways, train stations, and business establishments of a concrete jungle every day, looking to injure, maim, and kill innocent people—among them, senior citizens and even toddlers?

In most of America, the citizenry wouldn’t tolerate, for one moment, the horrific conditions existent in and allowed to fester in New York City.

And, so, Mayor Adams resorts to lies. And, if he can flippantly lie about one thing, would he not lie about other things—serious matters affecting the physical safety, security, and well-being of the lives of all innocent New York City residents—matters that go beyond those affecting his own life and well-being.

Adams brands himself as the “Compassionate Capitalist” ostensibly to distinguish and distance himself from his predecessor, Bill de Blasio. Did Adams come up with that expression, or did his image-makers invoke it, perhaps during a public relations brainstorming strategy session?

New Yorkers are constantly confronted with dissimulation, not solutions to real, urgent, and intractable problems.

Plans, initiatives, blueprints for action, are little more than shadow play; a ruse; an elaborate, carefully choreographed, managed, and executed masquerade to delude the public. Superficiality overshadows substance at every turn. Everything stays the same; status quo. This is fine for the powers that be, but not for the commonalty.

In the next article, we lay this bare, as we continue our exploration of New York City’s newly minted Mayor, Eric Adams.

Read Related: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Has His Own Armed Protection; What About The Rest Of Us?


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john

This Mayor has already proven that his promises , to those lost souls that elected him have again become victims of the party they support. Mayors are politicians & dangerous as they wield too much power while being hard to remove from office.
Weather he carries a weapon or not means nothing as his security detail is 24/7 the fact that he still retains his ability to carry means that somewhere hiding under his pillow is a weapon.

Mike11C

Politicians always say one thing before the election and, do something different after. “I’ll carry a gun and I won’t have a security detail”. Yeah right!

Boz

Heard this guy speak for the first time yesterday. He sounds like a crack dealer.

3%er

I could really care less if he carry’s or not.

musicman44mag

I would prefer that he doesn’t. We don’t need more liars with guns in our society.

musicman44mag

As a retired NYPD police officer, he’d have no trouble obtaining the necessary credentials to do so, anyway. That, unfortunately, cannot be said of the average American citizen who resides in the City. Perhaps a decision in the Bruen case will change that. Cough Cough. I believe that after your service, you still carry a badge and have a card to show ID that you can carry for the rest of your life. A privilege never given to someone that has served in the armed forces and retired or not retired but has an honorable discharge or carried a permit… Read more »

Flinch

“Thats a great question, but the Real answer is, i dont talk about my plant based diet! If you want to about gun control, you wont hear a word about my plant based diet.
Enough said about gun violence.”